HIDE – the electronic project of Heather Gabel and Seth Sher – are notorious for their honest, confrontational, powerful and thought-provoking work. Together they create dark, heavy sample-based compositions that use a combination of self-sourced field recordings and various pop culture and media references. Their music is textured, minimal yet dynamic, giving raw vulnerability an opportunity to unfurl.
Today they announce new album, Interior Terror alongside lead single and video “Do Not Bow Down”. The collection further abandons traditional concepts of song structure in favor of splintered rhythms and fevered, immediate release.
Expanding on previous themes of autonomy and empowerment, Interior Terror addresses and questions the corporeal and immaterial body in a physical and metaphysical sense. Turning to the dread inside, reflecting on the world around us, HIDE gives voice to the power of destruction as a catalyst for hope, and to the collective experiences of those who’ve come before us as a wellspring of our own power. Raw vocal delivery of mantra-like prose issued forth yields a raging, plaintive wail that lulls, mocks, questions, proclaims and decries. A dearth of collected field recordings give way to more fluid arrangements while retaining a scathing urgency. The result is minimal, spacious, and jarring; a distant knocking grown into the pulse of a hypnotic dirge, drones emerge from shards of decomposed sound, bending, seething their way through your body.
Interior Terror, the duo’s third album for Dais was recorded with Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and was mastered by Heba Kadry in NYC. It sees its release May 28; pre-order it here.