Toronto rockers Biblical are releasing their new album The City That Always Sleeps on September 15 via Tee Pee. And today, Treble is premiering a new track from the album, titled “Fugue State.” The track features a tense build-up that releases with an atmospheric, dreamy, almost shoegazey texture and a drum backing that nods to “When the Levee Breaks.” It’s a heady psychedelic number, with a great deal of emotional heft behind it. But best of all, there’s a guitar solo that truly rips (stick around for it!).
The band’s Nick Sewell said the following about the track: “We were determined to explore some new sounds for this record and “Fugue State” definitely falls into that category. More than any other song on the record, it really operates with a sense of open space. That gave us plenty of room to experiment, specifically with the vocals which turned out to have a sort of morbid ‘Pet Sounds’ vibe.
“Lyrically, the song is a classic rumination on existential dread — the type you might have in the middle of the night after walking from a bad dream. There’s a poem by John Updike called Perfection Wasted that I kept coming back to. It rides a fine line between dry, sardonic wit and tenderness. Definitely the qualities I was hoping to capture with ‘Fugue State’.”
Hear the track below, via the trippy visualizer.
Biblical The City That Always Sleeps tracklist:
1. Mature Themes
2. The Last Thing I Remember
4. Fugue State
5. Gallows Humor
6. Spiral Staircase
7. The City That Always Sleeps
8. House of Knives
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.