Alexander Tucker shares the first single "Energy Alphas" from his recently announced eighth studio album Guild of the Asbestos Weaver, due out on 23 August.
On the new single Tucker pushes a simple pop structure to breaking point, sculpting loops of overdriven bass, distorted electronics and multi-tracked vocals into a towering whole. The track's lyrics reference H.P. Lovecraft's Dream Cycle; a series of short stories and novellas about a vast alternate dimension that could only be entered in dreams, as well as Alan Moore's graphic novel Providence, drawing on his knowledge of science fiction to create new worlds.
On Guild of the Asbestos Weaver, Alexander Tucker presents a expansion of his sound. Minimalist motifs are sculpted into deep drone constructions, Tucker weaving dense layers of sound to powerful disorienting effect. Music is employed a mode of psychic transportation, with collaged lyrics that spin tales of parallel dimensions and dream-like landscapes at the edge of perception. Through studio manipulation Tucker conjures vivid preternatural landscapes from a synthesis of instruments and electronic sources, dialling into the more esoteric aspects of his sound to create an immersive and intoxicating soundworld.
Alexander Tucker plays a special show as part of The Quietus Social series in London, UK on 26 September, with further dates to be announced.