It was 2014 when Fryars released his last album, Power, leaving us hanging for over half a decade, but he returns today with a new track called “Virtual Reality Games”. The song sees him enlisting the vocal talents of Rae Morris and was partly inspired by the deluge of information that has been ejected into the world in the last six years. He explains:
“Unsurprisingly, a lot has happened in the world since I last put some music out. The volume of information and conversation over the last six years has never been louder – engaging in it has been as overwhelming as it has been enlightening. The song came from a sudden desire a few years back – to become a gamer and ignore everyone and everything.
“At a time when so many of us are using our voices to push for change (or to fight against it), the idea of switching off from reality might seem at odds with helping to make the world a better place. But even if it’s for a few minutes every day, it is important to take time away to be alone with your thoughts. Alone with yourself. Much of the truth comes from within us.”
Appropriately, “Virtual Reality Games” is a glitchy electronic-pop track that distorts Fryars’ and Morris’ existential musings into robotic exclamations. Around this core, Fryars has produced an abundance of layers of sound, both cartoonish and comforting, reflecting the disconnection between virtual existence and tactile ‘real life’. “Virtual Reality Games” does what its title suggests – pulls you into a world that is all-encompassing and strangely compelling.