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Divide And Dissolve Share New Video “Prove It”- Taken From Forthcoming Album “Gas Lit” due January 28th via Invada

January 9, 2021
Divide and Dissolve photo by Billy Eyers



Multidimensional duo Divide and Dissolve share the video for “Prove It”, originally released as a stand alone single in 2019, and appearing on their forthcoming album Gas Lit (Invada, 29th Jan).  

The visual expression of Divide and Dissolve’s message has varied across each of their music videos to date (revisit “We Are Really Worried About You” and “Denial”) but the intention of the music remains unchanged: to undermine and destroy the white supremacist colonial framework and to fight for Indigenous Sovereignty, Black and Indigenous Liberation, Water, Earth, and Indigenous land given back. 

About this latest single, Divide and Dissolve explains, “Prove It – calls into question the need to prove you experienced something. If someone wasn’t there to witness it, it still happened and may have caused harm. Colonial power structures, power dynamics, and societal expectations rely on Black, Indigenous, and people of colour being Gas Lit and denying our experiences, because the predominant white supremacist narrative demands us to. When a tree falls in the forest, it has fallen. Prove It is about the acceptance of experiences of pain without expectation.”

Prove It immediately propels you into this biting, heavy, and grating atmosphere from the hellish soundscape that opens up this triumphant track. The intense aura present in the first few bars gives this illusion that the mighty pressure of this composition is already at capacity and then with an unpredictable air Divide And Dissolve intertwine more of their chaotic craft into their dense space, crashing cymbals collide around the audience and this brash beat joins the ferocious feedback.

Prove It showcases Divide and Dissolve‘s flawless ability to produce immersive arrangements that not only hook its audience but fail to let the audience leave their world without leaving its mark on that listener. A wrath of emotion faces you within this bold piece. When you embrace this complex creation, you’ve gained the key into a compelling world that you can escape within once you understand the honesty to their challenging vision. The colossal construction of Prove It provides this monumental intensity of intoxicating energy. Divide and Dissolve create these lasting pieces that show what it’s like to fearlessly explore the unknown.

Divide and Dissolve members Takiaya Reed (saxophone, guitar, live effects/ (Black & Tsalagi [Cherokee]) and Sylvie Nehill (drums, live effects/ (Māori) create instrumental music that is both heavy and beautiful, classically influenced yet thrillingly contemporary, and powerfully expressive and communicative. It has the ability to speak without words, and utilises frequencies to interact with the naturally occurring resonance. 

The band comment, “Sometimes we don’t need to talk in order for others to understand what’s going on. We are also communicating with our ancestors through the music. Our ancestors help us to communicate with each other on a deeper level as well. This deep connection is able to be achieved without words.” 

There is an undeniable chemistry between the two musicians when interlocked in their waves of sound. The band reveals how that connection has been there since the very beginning, “When we first started playing music together we didn’t know each other very well. However in the beginning of getting to know each other we spoke of our Indigeneity and thought it was important to share about our families. This was unique and special for us to be able to share and create a cohesive infrastructure for writing our music.”

Gas Lit is the third full-length album from Divide and Dissolve, and first for Invada. The album is due out on all formats on 29th January.



Prove It

Did You Have Something To Do With It


Far From Ideal

It’s Really Complicated

Mental Gymnastics

We Are Really Worried About You



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