Here is Shlohmo with his first album since 2011's Bad Vibes. It's called Dark Red and it's due out on 7th April. The news arrives after he announced that he was signing to NYC label True Panther at the end of last year. And here are some words the LA musicmaker offered up about the feelings behind the album:

When I started working on Dark Red about two and a half years ago, I had just moved back to LA and built a small studio in my apartment, mostly with my dad's old gear from the 80s. I had just lost some people close to me and was dealing with another loved one's health issues. I was all over the place mentally, and I think it reflects in this record whether I like it or not.

The only thing I did know going into it, was that I wanted this one to be loud, and not just loud but really really f***ing loud. I wanted the sound of the thing to be devastating and violent. Recordings that force you to feel something even if that something isn't good. I'm proud to have made something polarizing, a record that's strong and undeniable even in its moments of pure anxiety and confusion. It's tragic and painful at times, but that's all part of it and I want that to be heard and felt. You don't have to like it, just listen to it.

I think you can definitely hear that devastating, violent sound in the sludgy sounds of the despair-laden 'Buried' below, filled with the howling lamen of a fuzzed-out guitar and epic crashing shot-to-the-heart cymbals – part of a punchy beat that pulses vitally. It changes tack around midway, adding abrasive snare and urgent synth arpeggios. It's the very picture of pain and it's kinda, well, it's beautiful.

Listen below. Artwork at top of this post (it's black, not dark red), tracklist at bottom.

  • Dark Red tracklist:
  • 1. Ten Days of Falling
  • 2. Meet Ur Maker
  • 3. Buried
  • 4. Emerge From Smoke
  • 5. Slow Descent
  • 6. Apathy
  • 7. Relentless
  • 8. Ditch
  • 9. Remain
  • 10. Fading
  • 11. Beams