Premiere: salamander share ‘xylem’, announce debut album for October

We’ll have what they’re having because we’re very excited about this band. Say hello to New York trio salamander, which took shape when PJ Hunter and Leo Frampton were asked to play a last-minute experimental pop show at college in 2019. They took a thread and ran with it, bringing drummer Ben Verde along for the ride, and their three-piece lineup fell into place.

‘Experimental pop’ is as succinct a description as we could provide of the trio’s music; there are plenty of surprises in store on forthcoming debut album [container], which follows up January’s tooth/waste EP – the 11-song record is all over the place yet strangely cohesive, teased back in March with ‘Ride’ and now announced alongside ‘xylem’, a restless meditation on death and how to make peace with it. Frampton explains: “For a while as a kid, I could not stop thinking about the end of life, and how some day, my consciousness would cease. My parents and grandparents tried their best to console me and turn around my 10 year old angst as I became increasingly obsessed with the same dark, fruitless subject matter. This song sprouted from the way I have made peace with this fear, trying to see my own life and generation as part of a cycle bigger and smaller than myself.”

We’ve got your first look at the visuals for the song, created by Linnea Nugent. Check them out below; [container] arrives on Wednesday October 18th.

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