With excellent recent single 'Meateater' having taken their notoriety up a notch, ALASKALASKA return today with 'Monster'. It's a song that sonically is much more sombre, but just as compelling - and lyrically no less challenging.

Singer Lucinda John Duarte says "It's supposed to be a sort of bittersweet adieu to a friendship that you wish could have continued but ultimately things become so toxic that it has to end... For the most part, it's quite an angry song but the last "all the best" is the final goodbye."

'Monster' starts simply, reminiscent of Soccer Mommy with Lucinda strumming acoustic guitar and delicately relaying the scene: "We make, we break/ you call me on the telephone to tell me what is wrong/ Did you forget all of the conversations and everything you already said?" As the song progresses, Lucinda is joined by delightfully cooing backing vocals and subtle synth melodies, guiding the song into a roiling and understated emotional outburst: "I don't want to be somebody else/ Oh this monster you have made me out to be/ But I don't really feel like being myself, when you keep on draining all the best from me."

ALASKALASKA's previous songs have proven their musical dynamism and lyrical sharpness, but 'Monster''s relatively understated swell shows us new facets of their abilities and a clearer maturity in their songwriting. It's yet another exciting burst from one of the UK's absolute must-watch bands. Check out the new song and video 'Monster' below.

There are no concrete plans for a next release, but ALASKALASKA are hopeful of releasing an LP in early 2019. Ahead of that, they're playing plenty of live dates:

2 Aug | The Lexington, London (BBC Introducing with Sorry, Grand Pax)
4 Aug | Visions Festival, London
31 Aug | Knee Deep Festival, Cornwall
20 Oct | Ritual Union Festival, Oxford
20 Oct | Simple Things Festival, Oxford
26 Oct | Primavera Club, Barcelona
28 Oct | Primavera Club, Madrid
30 Oct | Pitchfork Avant Garde Festival, Paris