Asylums return today with a euphoric, world-beating pop song called ‘Instant Coffee’ the follow-up to their recent critically acclaimed comeback singles ‘Crypto Klepto’ ‘Scatterbrain’ and ‘Understand the Psychology’
Not since their much-loved single ‘Joy In A Small Wage’ have Asylums articulated their melodic and melancholic dimension so well – this time adding drummer Henry Tyler’s string arrangements into the mix. On ‘Instant Coffee’ the band entwine the fragile introspection of early Kurt Vile and Cat Power with the late 90’s song smithery of Blur and The Cardigans. The results are uplifting, soul searching and further evidence that Asylums are on top form for their forthcoming album ‘Signs of Life’, due October 28th. Pre-Order Asylums New Album ‘Signs of Life’ HERE
Friends of the band Andrew Delaney (Director) and JJ Eringa (Editor) collaborated with the band on the kaleidoscopic video for ‘Instant Coffee’.
‘Signs of Life’ was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales with genre-bending ‘Manic Street Preachers’ producer Dave Eringa in the driving seat. As well as dialling the rock action up to 10, this record also draws from the likes of R.E.M., The Magnetic Fields and The Beatles who all arguably made some of their best work during a live hiatus.
Producer Dave Eringa on ‘Instant Coffee: “It’s like all of Luke’s songwriting to date has been leading up to Instant Coffee, a beautifully melancholic perfect pop song with real depth! Late 90’s Albarn meets the great bits of American indie at a classical concert & they all get together for a party!”
Alongside their work as a band, Asylums have helped to nurture a roster of equally creative individuals with their Cool Thing Records label team – putting out amazing records by the likes of BLAB, A Cause In Distress and many more, whilst still finding time to run a bi-weekly arts advocacy radio show called ‘Cool Thing Presents’ which airs in London and New York on the Culture channel of Soho Radio.
Asylums play a FREE headline show at Rough Trade East on October 29th, 2022. Tickets HERE
Asylums have been quietly building an impressive back catalogue of albums since the release of their debut Killer Brain Waves in 2016. With three full studio albums and a stand-alone single behind them, Asylums are back with their fourth album Signs Of Life – their first since the release of 2020’s Steve Albini recorded 3rd album Genetic Cabaret.
Recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios with genre-bending ‘Manic Street Preachers’ producer Dave Eringa in the driving seat, Signs Of Life is a record that evolves the Asylums’ sound once again while still staying true to their musical and lyrical DNA.
Asylums Signs Of Life draws inspiration from a spectrum of human emotions and examines how they intersected with technology during the accelerated change of the last few years. As well as dialling their manic rock sound up to 10 this record also draws from the likes of R.E.M., The Magnetic Fields and The Beatles who all arguably made some of their best work during a live hiatus.
Producer Dave Eringa on ‘Signs Of Life’: “When Luke said he wanted to do an album at Rockfield in 8 days – all played live & to integrate big strings into their sound – it sounded so ridiculous I thought “let’s do this”! Only a band that can really play can do this kind of recording. No clicks, no tricks – all live off the floor, a few judicious overdubs, some amazing string arrangements from musical polymath Henry & a bizarre interruption from Countryfile – it was a pretty intense week and I couldn’t be prouder of them for what they achieved! They’ve really taken themselves to the next level!”
The world has changed, Asylums have changed…but one thing remains valid, making music is still an essential craft and serves as basic human medicine for many musicians and listeners alike.