Freak Heat Waves
Share New Video/Single: ‘Let It Go’
New Album Zap The Planet Due September 4th Via Telephone Explosion Records
Canadian post-punk/electronic duo, Freak Heat Waves are sharing ‘Let It Go’ – a woozy, vapour-wave indebted new single taken from the forthcoming record, Zap The Planet which is out September 4 on Telephone Explosion. The new track follows previous releases, ‘Dripping Visions’ and ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ that secured support at KEXP, Brooklyn Vegan, FLOOD, and more.
Dark yet sparse layers of electronic notes, shimmers and tones align to create this buoyant dazzling orchestration. Brooding and deep vocals and luring lyrics top the intricate instrumentation. Soft swirling break downs pace the composition and adjust the time signatures before the notes up the tempo and the atmosphere alters. Clever and ridiculously tantalising- this track will posses you.
Zap The Planet follows 2018’s Beyond XXXL that found tips at The FADER and Brooklyn Vegan, and also found Freak Heat Waves opening for Suuns, Preoccupations, Odonis Odonis, Mattiel, METZ and more. The duo, who are now based 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.
New single, ‘Let It Go’ is an arresting amalgamation of stuttering electronic beats and scorched samples that are layered, once again, with Thomas DiNinno’s baritone vocals. The band are no stranger to the lysergic connotations this time flexing the aesthetic once more with dreamlike synths and jarring rhythms, describing the track they say: “This track is about how you gotta walk it like you talk it or you just gotta let it go”.
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.
Pre-order Zap The Planet here
Freak Heat Waves – Zap The Planet
September 4, 2020
Telephone Explosion Records
3. I’m Zapped
4. Dripping Visions
5. Something Fresh
6: Let It Go
7. In Your Realm
8. Nothing Lasts Forever