London band Psychic Markers, ramping up the anticipation around their recently announced their third album, have released the head swirling new song ‘Clouds’.
The new self-titled record, which is due for release on May 29 through Bella Union, arrives as a moment of self-reflection spearheaded by lead singer Steven Dove finding himself engulfed in an active sandstorm during a US road trip: “These things impact you,” he says. “I got thinking about human nature, our proneness to mistakes, imperfection and the implications of reactionary decision making.”
“I was tired of writing within the constraints of a verse/chorus structure and wanted to be expressive in alternative ways,” says Dove while discussing the construction of the band’s new material. “It’s like walking the same route to get from A to B—eventually it becomes mundane and for this record I wanted to try walking a different way.”
Psychic Markers have taken on a transitional mode of development in their years as a band. Melding genres of psych-rock with that of pop and a sprinkling of Krautrock is by no means an easy accomplishment. The introduction and exploration of electronic soundscapes on their new material has only elevated their immersive and, at times, overwhelming wall of sound. “Imagine a David Cronenberg-style movie in which each morning you awake to find your brain merged inside someone else’s head,” Dove says. “You see life from a totally different angle.”
“We wanted to make an album that was 100% us,” says Leon Dufficy, who heads up the band with Dove. “With zero dilution from other influences.” Guitarist Dufficy is also jointly responsible for the exploration Psychic Markers explored on the new album, playing around with old gear, exploring four tracks, micro cassettes and drum machines: “I wanted to see how it would impact our writing and recording process,” he says. “By taking away the endless options you have in the digital world.”
On ‘Clouds’, the bands’ most recent release, Psychic Markers offer a glimpse at their future while reflecting on past musical glories, offering a sense of nostalgia with an undeniable nod of the head to a 1970s classic. “The pressures of society don’t begin in adulthood, they start as soon as you’re able to communicate and essentially from the moment you can walk, talk and shit by yourself,” the band told Beats Per Minute. “These initial milestones are the foundations of responsibility and invariably the moment the pressure mounts. Questions surrounding your future begin immediately, ‘What do you want to be when you get older?’, for example. This emphasis on the future only grows in tandem with the pressures of adulthood and my opinion is to live more in the present and to alleviate some of this pressure, especially in the young.
“Alan Watts describes it as the point in the middle of an hourglass, we have these huge spaces containing the past and the present but only one grain of sand for the present. This obviously makes it a particularly difficult place to exist. These points are echoed in Clouds, written from the perspective of a child who I feel should be encouraged to let the imagination run wild, look up to the clouds, the stars and be free.”
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