Brooklyn duo Stice, comprising vocalist Caroline “Crab” Bennett and producer Jake “Jark” Lichter, deal in a particularly hedonistic strain of D&B-influenced dance-punk that doesn’t shy away from lewd or crude subject matter. Case in point: “Touch the Cloth,” the latest single from their forthcoming Stice’s Satyricon, is a hard-hitting, multi-part pop chimera about, well, I’ll let the band say it:
“Touch The Cloth is the truest representation of what I want Stice to be since the first song we ever made. Nobody in the world but Caroline could have written such a beautiful song about diarrhea.”
The end result, far from being grotesque, is an inexplicably catchy, subtly complex song that deftly juxtaposes Crab’s expressive speak-singing with Jark’s hyperpop-style production. If you’re still on board, strap yourself in for a wild ride and stream the single here, or check out the video below.