Algiers have unveiled a new single ‘I Can’t Stand It!’, featuring Future Island‘s Samuel T. Herring and Boy Harsher‘s Jae Matthews.
The track is taken from their upcoming album ‘SHOOK’, due to be released on February 24th via Matador. ‘I Can’t Stand It!’ was written and produced by Algiers frontman Franklin James Fisher and samples the 1971 song ‘What You Don’t Want Me To Be’ by Lee Moses.
In a statement, Fisher explained: “It’s a very personal song about a devastating loss of someone I believed to be the love of my life which nearly ended in my suicide. I think the song’s narrative arc reflects the sense of dread and the path that led me to that moment. She put on ‘What You Don’t Want Me To Be’ the first time I heard it and I knew immediately that I was going to sample it—I just couldn’t have known the result would be a song about our own end. But every time I sing that song now it feels like I heal a little bit more.”
Jae Matthews added: “I wanted to give Algiers not so much a narrative, but a recollection of a feeling. That abstract evocation that comes when you think about someone who broke yr heart and how that pain still tethers you.”
Algiers have already released two other singles from ‘SHOOK’ – ‘Bite Back’ featuring billy woods and Backxwash, and ‘Irreversible Damage’ with Zack de la Rocha.