THE CANADIAN psych trio of Matt King, Mike Claxton and Moshe Rozenberg, who trade in outer- and innerspace as Absolutely Free, have returned ready to scratch a seven-year psych itch; yep, it’s been that long since their self-titled debut album, which blew more than a few minds.
The good news is they have a new album out in September digitally, with the physical following on a little later; and they’ve got a first single by way of showing you their wares, the swooshing synth-psych star-glow of “How To Paint Clouds”, armed with an AI video, down below for you.
The video employs an algorithm built from 2,000 internet-sourced paintings of clouds, which then taught the computer to create its own original paintings.
“Although there are unimaginable forces at play in developing a cloud, or in creating art, all we are able to look for is another face in the sky, a mirror looking back at us,” the band reflect. “A cloud always looks like something other than a cloud.”
With that eponymous debut being hailed as “breathtakingly beautiful” in critical quarters, the forthcoming Aftertouch seeks to explore hegemony, grief, and exploitation in the present with curiosity for an unknown, “post-everything”, future.
The band say they “wanted to create an album that wasn’t bound by a physical ability to perform it live, to not only expand our palette, but also to consider the live performance as something completely separate.”
Absolutely Free’s Aftertouch will be released by Boiled Records digitally on September 24th, with limited edition vinyl shipping roundabout November 1st; you can order your copy right now over at Bandcamp.