Surfacing

by Surfacing

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Surfacing is the startling self-titled debut album from this exciting Nottingham band. Across five tracks of crackling electronics and insistent beats it hints at presences beneath everyday perceptions: uncanny temporalities and violent becomings that threaten to disrupt life – the ‘horrors’ that bourgeois society tries to suppress, but which will necessarily triumph one day.

On the cover is Francesco Salviati’s depiction of karios readying his arrow. For the Greeks, kairos referred to the concept of eventful time: a time pregnant with all other times; a time that interrupts the linear flow of chromos. This feeling of boundless possibility in the present carries across to the album’s sonics, with Surfacing taking in rhythms from the dancehall to the Berlin wasteland; post-punk urgency; and moments of oblique beauty. ‘Surfacing (Susanna’s Song)’ opens the album with sharp, rhythmic stabs and a rumbling bassline, while wildly distorted vocals announce that ‘well take back what’s always been ours’. Who this ‘we’ is remains unclear: the colonized? The dispossessed? Nature? The proletariat? The theme continues to ‘Hypocalypse’, which repeatedly asks the listener if they’ve ‘heard the news recently’ as ‘it’s so much louder than it used to be’. ‘Amaurot’ and ‘Melancholy of Fulfillment’ showcase Surfacing’s more melodic side – the latter a strange, alien tale of bodily abjection sung over a haunting pitch-bent vocal loop: ‘Like shrapnel I’ll remain/A memory and a ghost/To remind you of love’. ‘Her Smoke Rose Up Forever’, meanwhile, dares to hope: a triumphant riff emerging from eerie drones and desperate incantations before a rollicking finale reminiscent of a particularly desperate Fuck Buttons.

This is exciting, urgent music for uncertain times.

Mastered by Joe Caithness, Subsequent Mastering (Peverlist, Plaids, Geiom, Soft Walls).

Records on Ribs download link: recordsonribs.com/artists/surfacing/surfacing

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released September 22, 2014

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Track Name: Surfacing (Susanna's Song)
We will sing for those who blew too early
With ash and wind and water
We'll take back what's always been ours
Your glass, your profits and your hymns
Are no match for us

We will take back
What's always been ours
We will take back
What's always been ours

Nobody knows
This is everywhere

Nobody knows
This is everywhere

Nobody knows
This is everywhere

Everybody knows
This is nowhere

We! The multitude!
The rhizome underneath the ground
Our patience wearing thin
Our song rising
We'll take back what's always been ours

What's always
Been ours
Track Name: Hypocalypse
Have you heard the news recently?
It's so much louder than it used to be
Have you seen the sky recently?
It's so much closer than it used to be
Track Name: Amaurot
You can only see a ghost
Out the corner of your eye
Track Name: Melancholy of Fulfilment
Like shrapnel I'll remain
A memory and a ghost
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Peeling the sodden lumber of my body
I raise my skin, a triumphant flag
My inside-outed entrails
Show what can be done with a little discipline
And in this putrid utopia
Efficient and unforgiving
The melancholy of fulfilment
Stagnant, shorn of all desire
Soaks me to the bone

And like shrapnel I'll remain
A memory and a ghost
To remind us of love

And like shrapnel I'll remain
A memory and a ghost

To remind us of love