Measuring at a little over the five-minute mark, the song is a moody, meditative cut from the band’s upcoming LP ULTRA MONO. The song is mostly stripped-back with a harrowing midtempo groove led by echoing guitars chords layered over reverbed vocals. Frontman Joe Talbot describes the song as “a hymn that rejoices in the sinister flesh-eating virus of the pedestrian. It sings the tune of normal’s teeth sinking into your neck as you sleep stood up with your eyes open. Amen.” Though the track is significantly dialed down when compared to the band’s other aggressive singles, its nuanced sound still delivers as much grit as it does a slow-burning firestorm looming amidst the horizon. Expressive lyrics like “I want to be loved / Everybody does / Shame” fits well with the candid visuals of the song, depicting another slow day in the suburbs as each member of the band drives their parents around their hometowns under a faint overcast afternoon.
Scroll above for a look at IDLES’ new visuals for their single “A HYMN.”
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