Cold Beat reveal their new single ‘Flat Earth’, available now via DFA. The track was inspired by the wildfires that ravaged California last summer, and the climate change denial that followed.
“‘Flat Earth’ was written during one of the California wildfires, while I was pent up in my house hiding out from the smoky air, which had reached dangerously toxic levels,” Cold Beat’s Hannah Lew explains. “Outside was a post-apocalyptic-looking orange light and the air was filled with particulate. They were advising people to stay inside, so I spent two weeks indoors, pregnant, huffing on my air purifier.
“During this surreal time there was a lot in the news about climate change denial, which was perplexing and infuriating. When we made the video, we wanted to portray an alien landing on a planet they maybe couldn’t breathe on. The uninhabitable planet in the video is a metaphor for feeling like a stranger in this world at times, especially when some of your fellow terrestrial inhabitants have such a vastly different perspective.”
Inspired by the moon landing, the video for ‘Flat Earth’ is the discovery of a new planet through the eyes of an outer space visitor. In this isolated journey over time and space, the city slowly wakes up with each footprint suspended in this planet’s gravity illusion. We witness a fading cosmic trace as this entity transcends from structures into nature to come in contact with pure life and experience human touch. She becomes one with the environment with the purpose of protecting the life encountered.
Cold Beat is the project of frontperson Hannah Lew (formerly of indie trio Grass Widow), Kyle King, Sean Monaghan, and Luciano Talpini Aita. Their pop transmissions, with locked-in drums and synths with choir-like melodies, take influence from the likes of Eurhythmics, The Human League, and Depeche Mode.
The band will release a new full-length album on DFA in 2020.
released December 6, 2019
Written by Hannah Lew and Sean Monaghan
Lyrics by Hannah Lew
Mixed by Mikey Young
This is their most sophisticated album yet. In places where they used to go loud, they now go lush, adding warm organ. Nicole's vocals are the prettiest they've ever been. She has always been a great guitarist but now has more solos, including some unexpected jazz riffs. As usual, there is a variety of styles on the LP from the gentle "Famous Last Words" to the grungy "Contenders". Art Fin