The Soft Pink Truth (Drew Daniel of Matmos) shares new album of crust-punk covers “Am I Free To Go?”- Out now

May 28, 2020

The Soft Pink Truth (Drew Daniel of Matmos) 
shares new album of crust-punk covers
Am I Free To Go?
Out now

Listen to Am I Free To Go? now:

The Soft Pink Truth (Drew Daniel of Matmos) has shared new album Am I Free To Go?, the follow-up and companion piece to his acclaimed recent release Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? Both albums were written as an emotional response to the global rise of conservatism and the ravages of late-capitalism. Where Shall We Go On Sinning… finds solace and psychic healing in creativity and community, Am I Free To Go? is engulfed in rage, compiling blistering rave covers of classic crust-punk tracks by Discharge, TotalitärDoom and more.

Daniel elaborates: “Am I Free To Go? was written as an expression of rage and despair at the ongoing political misery of our present capitalist life-world. Whether they are from Sweden or Japan or the UK or the USA, I find these songs and the artists that sang them inspiring: they are direct, angry and demanding. I don’t cover them out of mockery or satire. I love these songs and I wanted to play them and play with them. It’s as simple as that. I have made three covers albums now: “Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Soft Pink Truth?”, “Why Do the Heathen Rage?” and now “Am I Free To Go?” They are intended to be a trio of queer takeovers of music that I love from often all-too “macho” subcultures, a cocktail of musical affection and social alienation.

Am I Free To Go? was made at the same time as “Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?” and in my own mind I think of this record as the “prequel” to that one. That is why this record ends with Angel Deradoorian’s voice stacked into a choral arrangement. The end of “Protest and Survive” is designed to be the onramp to the other album which is its complement and opposite. Other worlds are possible, but we have to start by taking the measure of the world we are in.”

Am I Free To Go? is available now as a pay-what-you-want digital download, with all profits going to the International Anti-Fascist Legal Defence Fund, which assists people all around the world with the legal repercussions of protesting fascism. As Daniel explains, “if you’re going to sing the words “your profit hysteria makes me vomit” then you shouldn’t be profiting off that action.”

Listen to The Soft Pink Truth’s Am I Free To Go?

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