words by tom johnson
photograph by lora anne poulin
Premiered over on the excellent Washed Up Emo site last week, Toy Cars‘ “Iron Me Out” was a raucous unraveling, a crunching three-minutes that furthered the anticipation of their brand new, self-released album, Paint Brain, which is released this week. Offering a different side to what we’ve seen and heard thus far, and just a couple of day ahead of the album’s full release, new track “Erie” is markedly different, a subtle and refined sub-three minutes that hangs like stifling, low cloud on a day that initially offered so much more.
Streaming below, via an equally intriguing new video which is built around grainy home-movie footage, as enigmatic as the music itself, the new track features evocative guest vocals from PRIM’s Jenna Murphy, whose floaty and, well, eerie, voice sits as a counter-balance to the more rugged approach of Matteo Debenedetti, the contrast of light upon dark crafting a stifling sense of atmosphere that feels completely immersive.
The brooding distinction between the two voices is the track’s most pertinent characteristic: “You’ve got iron lungs, I’ve got paper bones,” Debenedetti sings in the track’s opening line, before Murphy responds in far more ambiguous terms: “A notion that I can’t shake. Whatever feels the worst is right. All that I have is luck inside my head.” Stirring and compelling for the brief moments it sticks around for, ‘Erie’ is a weighty precursor to the full record, and you can check it out below right now.
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