– ANNOUNCE DEBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM DUE AUGUST 19TH VIA SACRED BONES
– SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘ORLANDO’
– EUROPEAN TOUR DATES THIS SUMMER
“ The group’s lead singer, Anika, conjures the specter of Nico with her ethereal vocals.” “A 5 Star Song” – NPR
“The rhythm unchanging, the presence of the synths grow, building cold landscapes of nuclear winter, and green fields that sway in the wind of the mind are turned into steel shards that rattle and hum, crash and unnerve. A
promising anthem for our future.” – IMPOSE
After recently signing to Sacred Bones Records, new four-piece Exploded View, fronted by German/Bristol political- journalist-turned-musician/singer Anika, announce news of their debut self-titled album, due August 17th. The band are sharing new track ‘Orlando‘ from the forthcoming record.
While lead single ‘No More Parties in The Attic’ is laden with an enticing no-wave, post-punk sound, layered with distorted guitars and ominous drones– ‘Orlando‘ chimes in with echoing vintage synths, courtesy of Hugo Quezada that clash with a chilly electro backbeat and an anthemic soulful bass line setting the tone.
With her disarming quietude nursery rhyme like vocal delivery, Anika remarks on the creation process: “Well, that day I was speechless and empty; a reflection of the times. I became a vessel for the past; the only way to deal with or help understand the present. Enlightenment came with the help of some strong leading ladies; A certain author, a certain film and a certain actress. Go figure.”
Anika released her self-titled debut album in collaboration with Geoff Barrow’s Invada imprint and Stones Throw to critical acclaim in 2010. This new project was created during the rehearsal sessions for Anika’s Mexican live debut back in March 2014. An unexpected partnership formed between Annika and local producers, Martin Thulin (Crocodiles producer) synth-head Hugo Quezada (Robota) and Riotboy sweetheart Hector Melgarejo (Jessy Bulbo / Nos llamamos) to form Exploded View. The four musicians discovered a new sound, several steps removed from the krautrock-isms of Henderson’s previous work during their rehearsals and live performances in Mexico City. The straight to tape sessions that followed in the San Rafael neighborhood, ventured somewhere new; a lighter place, unguarded, veering from any script. Improvisation was the guiding principle and the source of the band’s inspiration. The studio itself was outfitted so that every sound produced in the room would be recorded. A Tascam 388 8-track captured everything – fully live, fully improvised, first-takes only. Produced by Thulin and Quezada and mastered by Josh Bonati in NYC.
For fans of Can, dub, and political revolution, Exploded View are:
Annika Henderson (Anika) – D – Singer / Synth
Martin Thulin – SWE – Drums / Guitar
Hugo Quezada – MEX – Bass / Synth
Hector Melgarejo – MEX – Synth / Guitar
‘Exploded View’ is set for release August 19th via Sacred Bones Records.
See Exploded View live:
12 August – La Route Du Rock Saint–Malo, France
18-21st August – Green Man Festival, Wales, UK
24 August – Conges Annules Luxembourg, LU
2nd September – Pop Kultur Festival, Berlin, DE
‘Exploded View’ artwork:
‘Exploded View’ track list:
- Lost Illusions
- One Too Many
- Call On The Gods
- Disco Glove
- Stand Your Ground
- No More Parties In The Attic (mp3)
- Lark Descending
- Gimme Something