Psapp announce details of their fourth album ‘What Makes Us Glow’
Having shared their new track: Everything Belongs to the Sun
for free with us last week, Psapp are pleased to confirm details of their vital new album ‘What Makes Us Glow’.
Comprised of feline wilding troubadours Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant, Psapp met 12 years ago in a basement filled with plastic fish, compressors and elderly cushions and have been making music ever since.
‘What Makes Us Glow’ is Psapp’s fourth full-length record and will be released through The state51 Conspiracy on November 11th.
It is a vast hypercolour psychedelic whirl of an album, with intricate orchestration, layered vocals and a pioneering spirit. These songs thrum and buzz, they glow.
‘What Makes Us Glow’ is less electronic than the duo’s previous releases; with more soundscapes and more raw sounds. Psapp still relish in combining unusual musical elements – this record includes Galia’s snores, boxes of writhing mealworms, snapped dragonflies and the groans of milk-laden cows – alongside the more standard instruments: piano, violin, oud, organs. The album is more organic and fluid, weaving in lurching song monsters orchestrated with home built instruments (including their boneaphone, a marimba made from bones), wistful pop in wolf’s clothing and swampy drones of recorded ambience.
Lyrically it is an exercise in emotional stocktaking. These are songs of attachment, detachment and the slow realisation of what is essential. This is not the sound of a band finding their way; it is the sound of band having arrived at their destination. There is a powerful sense that they are in full control of their sound and reveling in the possibilities.
Some bands disappear, either dissolving into a mess of acrimony or slowly drifting apart as life tugs them in different directions but for Psapp, the pull to continue creating together conquered distance and all the complications of being alive.
While the drivers for its creation may have changed – out with all-nighters, in with daylight and an appreciation of family and dedicated musicianship – the inherent joy of being together and creating magic little songs still shines through.
Psapp are eternally glued together whether they like it or not.
This is What Makes Us Glow.