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GENEVA FREEPORT EP & 12” OUT JUNE 20 VIA IDEE FIXE

RELEASE SHOW JUNE 20 AT DANCE CAVE IN TORONTO

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Today, Toronto's Absolutely Free are sharing a video loop their latest single, "Geneva Freeport" – the title track from their upcoming EP coming out on Ideé Fixe on June 20. Following the first single, "Currency" featuring U.S. Girls, which earned support from outlets like Fader, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and more, "Geneva Freeport" is retro-synthetic new-wave with a rhythmic, melodic urgency that nods to Talking Heads, The Clash, Terry Riley, and William Onyeabor. The video by Julie Reich (aka Bile Sister) is a cyclical exploration of a 3D art gallery space housing abstract artifacts and an obscured basement of paintings, commentary on the EP’s themes of the commodification of artwork.

An exercise in tension, from its rumbling slow build-up to its blistering chorus – which subverts the lyric popularized by Louis Armstrong, “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world” – "Geneva Freeport" details an absurd fantasy about taking a holiday to one of the world’s most notorious high security art storage facilities. The band says:

"Through fantasy and the starkest of realities, this song brings to question the process in which economic value is prescribed to cultural artifacts, how that value is exploited through storing them in high security storage facilities (like the Geneva Freeport) to avoid paying taxes, and how it all seems so antithetical to why most artists create their work in the first place."

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Mixed by experimental music auteur Sandro Perri, and featuring contributions from Meg Remy of U.S. Girls and Carl Didur of Zacht Automaat, Geneva Freeport is Absolutely Free’s first release since their 2014 Polaris Music Prize nominated debut record, and is a deeply considered collection of songs that proves that good things come to those who wait. Across its twenty minutes, the Toronto psychedelic trio creates a prismatic and pointed view of the binaries that exist in our culture, and reflects on the absurdity of polarized ideological perspectives.

WATCH AND SHARE “CURRENCY” FEAT. U.S. GIRLS HERE

Absolutely Free's Geneva Freeport EP will be released on June 20 on 12” vinyl and digital formats. It is available for preorder now. The band will mark the release with a special show at Toronto’s Dance Cave on June 20, as well as summer appearances at Luminato, OFF Festival, Aga Khan Museum, Crystal Lake Sound and more.

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GENEVA FREEPORT TRACKLIST
1. Geneva Freeport
2. Currency feat. U.S. Girls (Extended Mix)
3. The Endless Scroll feat. Carl Didur

TOUR DATES
Jun 14 - Guelph ON - Ebar
Jun 20 - Toronto ON - Dance Cave
Jun 22 - Toronto ON - Harbourfront Centre - Luminato Festival
Jul 5 - Montreal QC - Marché des possibles
Jul 6 - Quebec, QC - Meduse - Festival OFF
Jul 20 - Toronto ON - Aga Khan Museum - Moon Landing Festival
Jul 27 - Durham ON - Crystal Lake Sound
Sep 21 - Watsons Corner ON - Hollowfest

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Photo Credit : Colin Medley // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES

Today, Toronto's Absolutely Free are sharing their latest single, "Geneva Freeport" – the title track from their upcoming EP coming out on Ideé Fixe on June 20. Following the first single, "Currency" featuring U.S. Girls, which earned support from outlets like Fader, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and more, "Geneva Freeport" is retro-synthetic new-wave with a rhythmic, melodic urgency that nods to Talking Heads, The Clash, Terry Riley, and William Onyeabor.    

An exercise in tension, from its rumbling slow build-up to its blistering chorus – which subverts the lyric popularized by Louis Armstrong, “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world” – "Geneva Freeport" details an absurd fantasy about taking a holiday to one of the world’s most notorious high security art storage facilities. The band says:

"Through fantasy and the starkest of realities, this song brings to question the process in which economic value is prescribed to cultural artifacts, how that value is exploited through storing them in high security storage facilities (like the Geneva Freeport) to avoid paying taxes, and how it all seems so antithetical to why most artists create their work in the first place."

LISTEN AND SHARE “GENEVA FREEPORT” HERE

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Mixed by experimental music auteur Sandro Perri, and featuring contributions from Meg Remy of U.S. Girls and Carl Didur of Zaach Automaat, Geneva Freeport is Absolutely Free’s first release since their 2014 Polaris Music Prize nominated debut record, and is a deeply considered collection of songs that proves that good things come to those who wait. Across its twenty minutes, the Toronto psychedelic trio creates a prismatic and pointed view of the binaries that exist in our culture, and reflects on the absurdity of polarized ideological perspectives.

WATCH AND SHARE “CURRENCY” FEAT. U.S. GIRLS HERE

Absolutely Free's Geneva Freeport EP will be released on June 20th on 12” vinyl and digital formats. It is available for preorder now.

LISTEN & PREORDER THE 12" HERE

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Geneva Freeport EP Artwork // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES

GENEVA FREEPORT TRACKLIST
1. Geneva Freeport
2. Currency feat. U.S. Girls (Extended Mix)
3. The Endless Scroll feat. Carl Didur

TOUR DATES
Jun 14 - Guelph ON - Ebar
Jun 20 - Toronto ON - Dance Cave
Jun 22 - Toronto ON - Harbourfront Centre - Luminato Festival
Jul 5 - Montreal QC - Marché des possibles
Jul 6 - Quebec, QC - Meduse - Festival OFF
Jul 20 - Toronto ON - Aga Khan Museum - Moon Landing Festival
Jul 27 - Durham ON - Crystal Lake Sound
Sep 21 - Watsons Corner ON - Hollowfest

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Toronto's Absolutely Free released their self-titled debut LP in 2014, an album of "prog pop mini-suites" (Pitchfork) that earned high praise from outlets like Pitchfork, Noisey, Rolling Stone, BrooklynVegan and Stereogum, received a nomination for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, and saw the band tour extensively with artists like Alvvays and Preoccupations. Composed of Moshe Fisher-Rozenberg, Michael Claxton, and Matt King - three musicians with varied, multi-disciplinary backgrounds in music, film and visual arts - the band members have been engaged in a broad collection of commissioned projects but have remained mostly quiet as a unit since their debut's release.

Last November, Absolutely Free hinted at what they've been up to with a one-off single called "Still Life," a "subtly off-kilter" (Stereogum) track produced by Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Japanese Breakfast, Tamaryn). Today, the band has formalized its return with the premiere of a new collaboration with U.S. Girls entitled "Currency", a preview of their forthcoming Geneva Freeport 12”, mixed by revered Toronto experimental music auteur Sandro Perri, out June 20 on Idée Fixe. "Currency" features U.S. Girls' Meg Remy taking lead vocals over a nervy post-punk shuffle that gradually blossoms into a dense cosmic disco track. "Currency" is out digitally on May 1 in a two-track bundle and includes an Extended Mix.

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In conversation with The FADER, King talks about working with Remy, expanding on the lyrical content of "Currency", and explaining how the song's lyrics – about acknowledging privilege and social currency – are mirrored by the collaborative vocal arrangement:

Currency’s lyrics consider how social frameworks like gender performance are built. As a band, we are learning to acknowledge the privilege and power we personally gain from systems such as patriarchy, and are feeling conflicted about how to best use this social capital. We have noticed a lot of white male reactions to this era of intersectional sensitivity have been to stay out of the conversation completely, but this results in music that tends to just operate as "music", and that’s sort of it. We have never been a band who is interested in just making "music”, but also understand that social currency, built solely on statements of solidarity, become platitudes without meaningful action behind them. It's a difficult thing to navigate.

We know that any space we take up means another band doesn’t get to inhabit that space. This is one of the reasons we have taken so long to release new music; because we want to make sure we use whatever bandwidth we are given to share something that is deeply considered and worth paying attention to. Also, we've been learning to work more collaboratively, to share the space that we do occupy with others. We were inspired by the Talking Heads album, Remain In Light, when we wrote this record and in this song particularly, we wanted to subvert their reference to the “front-man with female back-up singers” trope. We are so grateful to Meg from U.S. Girls for her contribution and unwavering support for this project, as we are so inspired by her work and ethics.

In support of the release, Absolutely Free will be performing select dates throughout the summer. Full details can be found below.

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GENEVA FREEPORT TRACKLIST
1. Geneva Freeport
2. Currency feat. U.S. Girls (Extended Mix)
3. The Endless Scroll feat. Carl Didur

PERFORMANCE DATES
May 9 - Toronto ON - The Garrison - CMW w/ Sauna, Living Hour, Art d'Ecco
May 22-24 - St. John NFLD - Lawnya Vawnya
June 14 - Guelph, ON - Ebar
July 6 - Quebec, QC - Meduse - Festival OFF
July 27 - Durham ON - Crystal Lake Sound

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