That’s the sentiment that animates Water From Your Eyes on their new album, and first for Matador, ‘Everyone’s Crushed’, launched Might 26. On the follow-up to the Brooklyn duo’s 2021 breakthrough, ‘Structure’, Rachel Brown (they/them) and Nate Amos (he/him) discover silliness and fatalism dancing in a frantic lockstep, utilizing coronary heart palpitating rhythms and absurdist, deadpan lyrics to convey tales of non-public and societal unease. Described by Brown as Water From Your Eyes’ most collaborative report ever, it’s a swollen contusion of an album: experimental pop music that’s fairly and violent, uncooked and indelible.
“Barley is a rhythmic sound collage experiment drawing from modern classical, classic rock, and dance music,” say the band. “The lyrics suggest repeated futile attempts at attaining the unattainable and allude to Sting and Sonic Youth. The video mirrors these concepts in scope, texture, and variety – juxtaposing feelings of entrapment and late stage capitalism against the sense of freedom inherent to the vast American landscape. Despite all this heady bullshit the song is, at its core, fun.”
‘Everyone’s Crushed’ is shot by with unresolved stress, its 9 tracks skittishly refusing to hunt out resolute endings or persist with conventional constructions. Many songs had been written utilizing serialism and microtonalism, and at occasions evoke the futurist-pop strikes of Japanese composer Haruomi Hosono and the brutalism of Glenn Branca. “Barley” is a dance-rock monitor sequenced in alien tonality, with Brown talking garbled transmissions (“One two three/Counter/You’re a cool thing count mountains”) over a mattress of hallucinatory guitars. “14” leans into up to date classical, with curtains of overlapping de-tuned strings underscoring lyrics that Nate describes as one thing out of a “gross-out horror movie”: “I’m ready to throw you up.”
Water From Your Eyes nonetheless possess an off kilter, shitposty high quality. ‘Everyone’s Crushed’ manages to reference basic rock twice – first, on “Barley,” when Brown by accident invokes Sting with the lyric “walk in fields of gold,” and once more on “True Life”, once they sing: “Neil let me sing your song/It’s been this way for so long/Give me another chance.” These weren’t the tune’s unique lyrics – Brown and Amos initially needed to interpolate the bridge to “Cinnamon Girl” – however this can be a usually meta compromise for the pair, a approach to flip “True Life” right into a tune about writing the tune “True Life”.
‘Everyone’s Crushed’ maps the liminal area between humor and darkness, between cracking up and freaking out. Within the album’s closing moments Brown speaks in direct phrases, “Clap those hands/Buy my product/There are no happy endings/I’m spending/I’m spending.” It’s playful and completely critical, punky bordering on anarchic, and a decision to the report’s opening sentiment – “I just wanted to pray for the rain/Wishful thinking for sunny days.”
Recent from supporting Interpol in Europe, Water From Your Eyes will host a weekly stay residency in New York all through March, adopted by a North American tour supporting Snail Mail in April and Might . A full checklist of upcoming dates may be discovered under and tickets can be found under.
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