July Talk stormed the musical universe with their flinty radio-ready rock of self-titled debut, followed by the volatile siren songs of Touch, an album of sawtoothed pop + convulsing tension. For album three, Pray For It, out on July 10 (Sleepless/BMG) the band cracked their equilibrium open to find a new balance in asymmetry.
And today, July Talk present an album teaser exploring some of the themes of the new record. From a creative standpoint, they wanted to explore the act of surrender; that moment when one has to accept their own vulnerabilities in order to seek truth. While touring across North America, they captured images signifying this surrender, in the hopes of illuminating the grace and integrity of backing down. “These images also evoke a certain infiltration of western institutions,” the band notes, “The simple act of collapsing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, for example, surrounded by confused tourists is not an act of dissent in itself, but the image that remains seems to speak to a loss of collective free will, a grappling with an experiment taken too far.” The video features the album’s ominous, disorienting closing track, “Still Sacred”.