Freak Heat Waves
Share New Video/Single: ‘Dripping Visions’
Announce Album: Zap The Planet – September 4, 2020
Out via Telephone Explosion Records
Canadian post-punk/electronic duo, Freak Heat Waves are today sharing their ominous new single, ‘Dripping Visions’ which arrives in tandem with news of the fourth album, Zap The Planet – out September 4, 2020 via Telephone Explosion Records. The track arrives with animations put together by artists, Cole Kush and Jason Harvey that tell the tale of a duck looking to purchase “experience” – watch/listen to ‘Dripping Visions’ here.
Dripping Visions is such a dexterous and dynamic release. The single is dark, brooding and somewhat antagonizing. The textures and elements featured heavily on this instrumentation provoke stirring emotive essences. This track is dark, deep, completely gripping, and 100% enticing. The plodding hooks of the single compel the listener, you’re pulled into this progressive creation.
Zap The Planet follows 2018’s Beyond XXXL that found tips at Brooklyn Vegan and FADER and also found Freak Heat Waves opening for the likes of Suuns, Preoccupations, Odonis Odonis, Mattiel and more. The duo, who now live at opposing ends of the country in Montréal and Vancouver, initially hail from the Midwestern Canadian prairies before relocating to Victoria, BC where they cut their teeth, earning acclaim for their early cassette tapes and blistering DIY performances.
‘Dripping Visions’, a track nestled in meditative electronic rhythms, drum machines and menacing synthesizers plays with the idea of seeking to reset your mental state after a bad experience, finding a disposition not too dissimilar to that of Holy Fuck, Clinic and Liars. “We wanted to work out an arrangement that would be as groovy as it was off-putting,” says the band. “Something that would slowly shift in rhythm and feel while the initial instrumentation provides a constant point of meditation.”
When not touring, the band frequently relocated, adapted and diversified, trading instruments and forging a path-less-followed approach to writing music. As new instruments started to come into the fold, the studio process became more dynamic with the pair – never the type to rest on their laurels – adopting avant-garde recording techniques, experimental sound design and orchestrations that utilized legendary effects, drum machines and synths. Tireless curiosity fuelled the duo as they merged their original sound with discoveries and seemingly disparate influences – the distance between Montreal, QC and Victoria, BC has only helped fuel innovation too.
No Freak Heat Waves record has followed a singular path and no two are alike. Each album is an evolution in musical direction, songwriting and conceptualization. WithZap the Planet, (their second album on Telephone Explosion) the duo has manifested more of their intrinsically unique vision and become more pronounced in their unhinged artistic process. The follow up to 2017’s Beyond XXXL finds the Freaks taking a fearless, inventive leap to create the greatest departure from their previous work.
Zap The Planet
September 4, 2020
1. Off Axis: 2:54
2. Busted: 4:48
3. I’m Zapped: 4:16
4. Dripping Visions: 5:24
5. Something Fresh: 3:44
6: Let It Go: 3:02
7. In Your Realm: 3:12
8. Nothing Lasts Forever: 4:14