“I want to get the fuck out of here NOW” – is the panic-stricken sentiment behind Gazelle Twin’s searing new single, ‘Hobby Horse’ – serving up the first lick of her latest album ‘PASTORAL’ to be released on 21 September 2018. The single compliments a hotly-tipped premiere and headlining performance at Supersonic Festival, in Birmingham, on 23 June.
HOBBY HORSE’s rousing and mantra-like spoken style – first heard in the body-dysmorphia inspired album UNFLESH (2014) and later in her touring A/V live show ‘KINGDOM COME’ – this time accompanies crazed galloping, incoherent, angry stadium chanting and eerie high-pitched howls.
The heavily cinematic B-side ‘DEEP ENGLAND’, spotlights and upturns a very English form of nostalgia as Bernholz croons “My silver cloud, My retail park, My cul de sac, My England”.
In-keeping with her ever-morphing performance persona Gazelle Twin is now clad in red and white, head to toe. The colours of a familiar flag. A nod to deep and recent history; A jester-come-morris dancer. A post-pagan hooligan, riding its Hobby Horse or conjuring terror with its pipe. Like a modern-day Commedia Dell’Arte characature, she reveals the madness and violence of “ye olde” traditions slammed within contemporary cliches.
“PASTORAL is an album about growing up in Britain, looking back at how it all ended up like this, and experiencing provincial life in a political and cultural climate where I would rather be anywhere else…”
HOBBY HORSE is released on 22 June, 2018, on the artist’s own label, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray.
b/ DEEP ENGLAND
22 June 2018
Anti-Ghost Moon Ray