Isolation is a word only the most dedicated of introverts aren’t tired of seeing, and yet that’s the vibe that ALASKALASKA’s second puts forward in spades. It’s both via the electronic - the title track, easily the standout doing so via LCD Soundsystem style synth lines and a propelling bassline while Lucinda Duarte-Holman repeats various lines presumably related to our reliance on the plugged-in world: (“I’m looking at the screen… I’m staring at it”) – and the minimalist nature of much of the record - ‘Get Me High’ and ‘Simple’ in particular cold in their aloofness. There’s a disconnect; where previously the group layered sounds to project a kind of warmth, here even the post-punk stabs of ‘Rise and Shine’ lack impact. And while lyrically much relies on repetition, Lucinda’s voice more as instrument of sound than message, the hackneyed “TV dinner / not the news” of ‘TV Dinners’ could only ever prove grating.
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They’re also sharing the title track.
It’s their first new music since 2019.
The band will also be heading out on the road with Hot Chip at the end of the year.