Absolutely Free released their self-titled debut LP in 2014, the Edmonton trio toured with Preoccupations and Alvvays. The band is made up of Moshe Fisher-Rozenberg, Michael Claxton, and Matt King – three musicians with varied, multi-disciplinary backgrounds in music, film and visual arts, and a long history together – Absolutely Free has been engaged in a broad collection of projects since their debut, but have not released new original band material since 2014.
Absolutely Free have released a video for “Still Life”, a new single that serves as a prelude to a busy 2019. Produced by Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Japanese Breakfast, Wild Nothing) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Björk, Slowdive, Beach House), “Still Life” elevates the band’s attention to sonic detail.
With an accompanying video directed by Edmonton artist Christina Battle, “Still Life” provides a tantalizing glimpse of Absolutely Free’s evolution, introducing layered electronic textures to the band’s adventurous art rock. Stereogum premiered the video today, which features images of growth and erosion, nature and industry in quick, opposing succession
Absolutely Free on “Still Life”
“‘Still Life’ starts in a familiar universe and bubbles up into another. The shift illustrates an appetite for personal, political and stylistic change, boiling over. The song examines feelings of being worn down and halted by progress, stagnating both in society and individually. It is about breaking free from patterns of still life defined by cyclical, repeated forms of inaction, and predictable modes of conformity.
”We collaborated with Christina Battle on the video. Her series of animated gifs, the world is a distorted landscape, brings a wider perspective to our song. Today’s news can debilitate you. Christina’s unrelenting juxtaposition of rusted objects, fossils, and natural disasters makes individual problems seem insignificant in the face of millions of years and forces greater than humanity. That perspective can help assess what we can do as individuals to steer the ship to a better place.”
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