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Flossing serves up a cocktail of modern paranoia in the pulsating “TRAP”

Heather Elle, formerly of the bands The Wants and Bodega, recently launched her solo project Flossing with the stark debut single “Switch”. With her Queen of the Mall EP still a couple of months away, she today shares a follow up single called “TRAP”, along with the provocative introduction:

Humanity’s fear of anti-mattering mixed with surveillance capitalism’s psychological warfare is quite the dirty martini to sip on every day.

Taking myriad memories and ideas, from Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen”, to T.R.A.P. laws (Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers), to an overheard snippet of a story concluding “…and everyone gasped as the clothes fell onto the tarmac!“, Flossing’s “TRAP” is quite an amalgamation and reflection of our paranoid, focus-deficient modern society. She pairs all these thoughts with a propulsive and imposing post-punk sound, the bass as pulverising as it is danceable, while mechanised drums and guitars suggest a dancefloor in the middle of a warzone. “Smile, you’re on candid camera,” she teases early on, and she maintains this fearsome poise throughout, even as her mind gets pulled back and forth between anger, fear, confusion and determination, resulting in an electrifying banger.

The video for “TRAP” explodes these ideas, with Heather putting in a magnetic showcase of her artistic and magnetic persona. Watch it below or listen to the song on streaming platforms.

Flossing’s Queen of the Mall EP is out on September 10 through Brace Yourself Records (pre-order/save). You can find Flossing on Instagram.