Today, Gothenburg-via-Texas duo Routine Death, comprised of Lisa and Dustin Zozaya, are announcing their second album 2 Weeks To Four Months and BSM brings you the premiere of the first single.
Due for release on 19 October on Fuzz Club, the album fuses shoegazey psych-pop and lo-fi electronics to create something that’s at times mesmerising and atmospheric and at others, distorted and unpredictable. The new album arrives following their 2018 debut album Parallel Universes and a summer of live dates that included a short tour with Wooden Shjips and a show at Fuzz Club Eindhoven 2019.
On 2 Weeks To 4 Months Routine Death well and truly embrace their electronic side and the oscillating psychedelic pop of ‘Tubeway Revolution’ is perfect proof. Though occasionally breaking down into a discordant wall-of-noise, the single is centred primarily around it’s sublime synths, minimalist drum-machine and Lisa’s entrancing vocals. Like all of the husband and wife duo’s songs, it’s an intimate, personal reflection on certain moments in their relationship. Talking about the story behind the song, Dustin says: “We drove through the desert in the Southwest USA in July 2018. That’s where I grew up but for Lisa it was a new experience. The vastness and vulnerability of it came out of us in different ways and you can hear it in this song. If you’ve ever looked over the edge and down into the Grand Canyon, you’ll get it.”
Lisa and Dustin – two musicians from Sweden and the US respectively – met whilst Dustin was on the road with his previous band Holy Wave. Now married but still separated by 7000 odd miles, the pair began working on music together to bide the time and give them something to channel themselves into collectively. After a few years spent recording things in their bedrooms and sending them forwards and backwards via WeTransfer, in 2018 the duo released their first set of songs as Routine Death: a debut album called ‘Parallel Universes’.
Just over a year on and the duo are back with another collection of songs in the shape of new album 2 Weeks to 4 Months which, Dustin says, picks up where the last left off: “2 weeks to 4 months is the second part of this whole thing. There are some similarities to the last record, Lisa and I wrote and recorded it separately for the most part. It’s a collection of songs that are pretty reflective and cohesive of a certain period of our lives. When I started to look at all the work we’d done I realized it was one linear piece.”
Pre-order the album here