‘I Think It’s Light Outside’ by Secret Machines | New Album, ‘The Moth, The Lizard, and the Secret Machines’
Exclusive track premiere of ‘I Think It’s Light Outside’ by Secret Machines, taken from their latest album, ‘The Moth, The Lizard, and the Secret Machines’.
‘The Moth, The Lizard, and the Secret Machines’ is a somewhat “lost” record and their first new release since 2020’s ‘Awake in the Brain Chamber’.
Said Brandon Curtis of their newest record: “Finally getting to share these songs after so many incarnations, after all this time, after so much has happened, has been a wonderful experience. Listening through has been like connecting to a memory that had begun to recede. I think the improvisational nature of the process and the rawness of the performances allow all this feeling and emotion to bubble up through the wash of sounds and pulses. We are extremely proud of the work that went into making this album and are excited to present this track as another preview of the album.”
Josh Garza about the latest single: “At times it feels like it’s two or three different ideas playing at the same time to form one song. The concept of improvisation, experimentation and song being fused together with Brandon’s lyrics and vocals keeping the song from flying off the edge.”
Last year, Secret Machines shared a fully revamped digital reissue of their highly acclaimed self-titled record, remastered by Simon Scott (Slowdive) and originally released on October 14, 2008 via TSM Recordings with original members Brandon Curtis (vocals, bass, keys) and Josh Garza (drums), with Phil Karnats (guitar). With this release, the record became available via all DSPS for the very first time.
Additionally, the band also shared a new double EP featuring a reissue of their ‘Dreaming of Dreaming’ EP and an EP of new content entitled ‘Day 21’. The new release includes their recently released singles: ‘Day 21’ (off the latter) and ‘Dreaming of Dreaming (Mavrogeorgis and Sclavunos version)’ (off the former), which was recorded/engineered by Jim Sclavunos, drummer/percussionist for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
One key reference point of the ‘Moth’ sessions was something Garza and Curtis bonded over back in their early days: the Buddhist philosophy of “first thought, best thought.” A guiding principle of everyone from Beat poet Allen Ginsberg to downtown icon Arthur Russell, it’s the idea that you’re better off cutting riffs, beats and chords straight to tape than arranging or composing anything concrete beforehand.
‘The Moth, The Lizard, and the Secret Machines’ is also being pressed on vinyl, which is available for pre-order here.
Headline photo: Lindsay Nustra Karnats
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