Persevering with a push in sonic experimentation, ‘The End Is Now’ combines 70’s soul with English people to set the scene for The Worm, evoking the apocalyptic zeitgeist of the twenty first Century and a technology’s psychological terror at the specter of world-ending local weather change.
“‘The End Is Now’ tells of how the titular Worm was finally awoken by hydraulic fracking of the English countryside, and swallows England whole,” explains frontman Henry Spychalski. “The Worm here is both a metaphor for capitalist greed, and the embodiment of a whole generation’s anxiety, dread and fear in the face of ever-looming apocalypse and world-ending natural disasters.”
Directed by Spychalski, the accompanying video for ‘The End is Now’ was visually impressed by the movies of Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Václav Marhoul’s movie ‘The Painted Fowl’ and acts as an origin story for the album’s hero.
The brand new lower follows ‘Wyrmlands’ in affirming HMLTD as one of many UK’s most formidable and inventive skills. Created over the course of two years with a forged of 47 musicians – together with a gospel choir and a 16-piece string orchestra – the collective’s second full-length The Worm is much less an idea album than a fully-fledged musical universe, transcending style and medium.
Set in a disorienting anachronistic model of Medieval England – as steeped in dystopian sci-fi fantasy as it’s folklore and Previous English mythology – it’s half political polemic, half deeply shifting psychological journey.
In distinction to their debut album, the acclaimed 2020 launch West of Eden, which explored poisonous masculinity and the breakdown of Western society, The Worm is framed as a non secular quest inside a delusion. In that delusion, Spychalski’s shadow self is projected and embodied as an enormous worm that swallows England, and which should be slain with a view to obtain salvation. The idea got here to him in a fever dream again in 2020, earlier than being absolutely fleshed out with the band’s recording line-up of Sarantaris (drums), Peterman (guitar/manufacturing), Evans (keys) and Mohnblatt (bass).
By conjuring a parable of human wrestle and salvation – of a society impotent and festering contained in the intestines of an enormous parasite – HMLTD visualise capitalist realism and non secular alienation as a mythological beast. With its hopeful decision, this completely distinctive train in world-building may simply assist encourage different realities, or no less than supply a non secular crutch to all of us inside this one.
HMLTD will play two stay reveals at London’s Institute of Modern Arts on Thursday 18th & Friday nineteenth Could. For tickets, see beneath.
The Worm tracklisting:
1 – Worm’s Dream
2 – Wyrmlands
3 – The Finish Is Now
4 – Days
5 – Saddest Worm Ever
6 – Liverpool Road
7 – The Worm
8 – Previous Life (Sinnerman’s Tune)
9 – Lay Me Down
HMLTD stay dates:
18th Could – Institute of Modern Arts, London
nineteenth Could – Institute of Modern Arts, London
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