Wasuremono are William Southward, Madeline Ryan, Phoebe Phillips, and Isaac Phillips, and today, BPM is happy to premiere “Let’s Talk”. The UK band’s first single since last year’s 2019 self-released record, Are You Ok, “Let’s Talk” also happens to be the first taste from the band’s unofficially announced forthcoming record.
With Southward as its zany driving force, Wasuremono have made it a habit of reaching into the recesses of their collective mind to make weirdo pop-rock – a sound that is easy to jump on board with. Their last record was rather dreamy, but this new single sees Wasuremono take a slight left as Southward drives his listeners down a more frightening road. With a cryptically slinky piano melody at the forefront, Southward’s voice thickens the tracks anxious tension as he, himself, sounds faintly distraught while singing of confusion and mental illness, just as he did so heavily (but less unnerved) on the band’s last record.
Furthering the band’s on-going exploration of the human psyche on-edge, Southward elaborates on the origins of “Let’s Talk”:
“It’s strange—at the time of writing—I had this really vivid dream that I was inside this never-ending staircase, kind of like MC Escher’s picture ‘Relativity’. I woke up realizing that this was the essence of the song—this sudden awareness of being trapped, of going through the motions over and over again, but unable to escape.“
Along with the song itself, Wasuremono has paired this little gem with a disorienting, fish-eyed music video, which you can now watch below. The video, set in an MC Escher-styled world, pins Wasuremono as the star, embellished with horns on his forehead. The labyrinthian visual cuts back and forth between shots of the multi-instrumentalist attentively strumming bass, manically hammering away on his piano, pounding menacingly behind a single drum, and of course, prying into our comfort with a glare while singing the track’s anthemic chorus.
There is no official word on the release date of the band’s follow-up to Are You Ok, yet. But we should expect something early in 2021. In the meantime, keep on eye on Wasuremono via their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.