Protomartyr have released their new single ‘Worm In Heaven; which arrives accompanied by the Trevor Naud-directed video.
The track, taken from the band’s forthcoming new forthcoming album Ultimate Success Today, arrives along with the news that the band’s eagerly anticipated new record has been delayed until July 17th. Given the current circumstances, Protomartyr have also been forced to cancel their scheduled 2020 tour dates.
In slightly more positive news, however, the new music from Protomartyr arrives as welcome relief from the current mire of negativity. “There is darkness in the poetry of Ultimate Success Today; the theme of things ending, above all human existence, is present,” says Ana da Silva, founding member of The Raincoats and friend of the band.
Adding: “There are exquisite, subtle gifts from other instruments that always heighten the guitar, instead of fighting with it. They help to create a harmonious wall of sound all of its own. This was intentional. Ahee wanted to use different textures other than pedals, and the drone quality of some of those instruments colours the guitar and the whole sound with a warm, rich in reverb, landscape for Casey’s voice.”
To accompany the new material, director Trevor Naud has collected abstract still images after being inspired by by the 1962 Chris Marker short film La Jetée. “The idea is a sort of dream chamber that has lured its creator into a near-constant state of isolation,” says director Trevor Naud.
“She lives out her days trapped as the sole subject of her own experiment: the ability to simulate death. It is like a drug to her. Everything takes place in a small, claustrophobic environment. With soft, yet sterile visuals. Perhaps a strange combo to reference, but imagine the cover of the Rolling Stones’ Goats Head Soup and the character of Carol White in Todd Haynes’ 1995 film Safe.”
Naud added: “I’d been experimenting with shooting multiples of still photographs and stitching them together so that there’s a subtle movement,” explains Naud, “almost like a 3-D camera effect, but awkward and sort of unsettling—like looking at a photograph under shallow water. I shot upwards of 700 still frames on a Nikon F Photomic camera. I embraced the lines and artefacts from the film scans, which give a sort of Xerox quality to some of the images. All the special effects were done in-camera using mirrors, projectors and magnifying glasses.”
So without further ado, Far Out’s Track of the Day, ‘Worm In Heaven’.