Dang, guys. It’s been a MINUTE now since the London-based, gloomy, drone-y, dirge-y, quasi-industrial, brood-music master-duo Raime unleashed their howling Quarter Turns Over A Living Line, and I’m ashamed to admit that, during the interim, I’d almost forgotten how scary and dreadful life on planet earth is on a daily basis.
THANKFULLY, though, here they come again to remind me! The band’s spooky second album, titled Tooth, is due to arrive June 10 via Blackest Ever Black. Touting a tighter and more single-minded obsession with “urgent and focused futurism” than its sprawling predecessor, the album features eight “fiercely uptempo, minimal, meticulously crafted electro-acoustic rhythm tracks” — available for pre-order on double LP, CD, and digital at this very moment — that are sure to have us all feeling doomed again in to time flat.
“If Quarter Turns was an album that confronted total loss and self-destruction, even longed for it, then Tooth is the sound of resistance and counter-attack: cunning, quick, resolute; calling upon stealth as much as brute-force,” reads the press release. “No let-up, no hesitation. Needlepoint guitar, deftly junglist drum programming, brooding synths and lethal sub-bass drive the engine.” But because — let’s face it — we’re not really any good at picturing what that all sounds like for ourselves, the duo has also decided to grace us with the album’s first single, “Dead Heat,” which we can practice nervously sweating-to down below.
They’re also playing a few shows around the UK coming up, just to help reawaken the public’s general capacity for angst about the future. And right on time, too! I mean, Thank GOODNESS; I honestly can’t wait to press play on this thing and get back into the swing of eking out a day-to-day existence in the pale shadow of a nameless and subtle but palpable terror. It’s been too long, friends.
02. Dead Heat
03. Hold Your Line
04. Front Running
05. Dialing In, Falling Out
07. Cold Cain
04.27.16 – London, UK – Corisca Studios (DJ Set w/ Roly Porter)
06.14.16 – London, UK – Birthdays (Live Set)
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