- 13 Feb 20
'Brain Upon Your Pillow' is dark and menacing, but also delightfully groovy.
Autre Monde have shared a new single, 'Brain Upon Your Pillow,' off their upcoming debut album The Imaginary Museum due February 28.
The track is menacingly groovy, touching on influences ranging from folk to Latin to goth to modern indie rock. Powerful synths chug the track along, adding an extra bit of intensity before it spirals into ambient madness at the four-minute mark.
"I wrote 'Brain Upon Your Pillow' as a kind of Latin-y folk ballad, all finger picked guitar," songwriter and bassist Padraig Cooney explains. "It was written in the midst of Autre Monde really finding its feet, understanding what we were as a band, and it was just natural that it would become this groove thing with a hint of desperation and drama. That Grace Jones 'Pull Up to the Bumper beat; we'd be happy to play it for hours, so the song stretches out on it a bit before taking its other turns."
The nightmare-ish turn at the end perfectly encapsulates the emotion Cooney wants to convey -- paranoia.
"It's a paranoid song, it's about not sleeping and the threats that torment the character at night. I always picture them as some kind of huckster made good for whom the con is over. It's Uncut Gems!" he said.
It's the band's third single from The Imaginary Museum, following 'Fever in May' and 'On the Record.' Put together over several sessions with Girl Band's Daniel Fox as producer, the album's 9 songs mark a definitive statement from a band who have evolved their earlier interpretations of post-punk/art-pop to arrive at a richer, more expressive moment, often taking folk-ish melodies and structures as a launchpad.
The single is officially released February 14, but they've released it on SoundCloud ahead of time.