HMLTD have released their new single ‘Don’t Leave Me’ (Chapter 1: Despair).
The track comes as part of a trio, alongside b-sides ‘Love Is Not Enough’ (Chapter 2: Grief) and ‘Do This By Yourself’ (Chapter 3: Wrath). The material marks their first since debut album ‘West of Eden’ in 2020.
The band explain: “We believe “Leaving” represents a new frontier in what art and music is, and should do; both an experiment in storytelling, in sonic variations, in the value of art and in the relationship between audience, collector and artist. The stem owners can change who sings the vocal part, what the lyrics are, what the main melody is, what instrument plays the bass line, what kind of drumming style underpins the performance. All the variations seamlessly work together to form 6,400 unique compositions, each of which is musically rich enough to be a standalone song – spanning everything from piano ballads to electronic mayhem. Each layer-owner has the power to alter the whole master, without knowing what the other layer owners will do. Essentially, ‘Leaving’ is a collective artistic composition with randomness and agency factored in – collectors might collaboratively arrive at a state or a genre, consciously or unconsciously, by responding (or ignoring) each other’s choices. Each different state has been separately written, performed and recorded in a decentralised fashion by HMLTD and our collaborators, Tallulah Eden and Seth Evans.”
Check it out below, and catch the band at London’s Heaven on 16th November for an ambitious concept gig that will see them create a mini totalitarian state inside the venue. What could go wrong?