Detroit heroes Protomartyr are back with news of a new album called Formal Growth in the Desert, arriving on June 2 through Domino. They’ve also shared the lead single “Make Way”.
The new song will also be the opener of Formal Growth in the Desert, and, fittingly, Joe Casey introduces us to the record with the foreboding lines: “welcome to the haunted Earth / the living afterlife.” “Make Way” is classic Protomartyr; quietly caustic and atmospheric verses, before that hammer blow chorus punctures the creepy serenity and brings Casey’s cold visions into stark relief.
The unsettling sci-fi video for “Make Way” is something to behold in itself. Director Trevor Naud says:
“There’s a deliberate through-line between the videos for Make Way and 2020’s Worm In Heaven. The two songs feel partnered with each other. So I wanted the videos to feel like they exist in the same world. There are layers of experiments happening–all within a closed environment. We don’t know what’s happened to the world outside, but there’s an undertone that things maybe aren’t quite right.”
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