!!! New single 'Here's What I Need To Know' taken from forthcoming album 'Let It Be Blue'

Let It Be Blue out May 6

Today, Warp Records mainstay !!! share their second single 'Here's What I Need To Know' off their forthcoming ninth studio album 'Let It Be Blue' out May 6, 2022. 'Here’s What I Need To Know' leans more into the dance/electronic side of !!!, featuring bubbling synths with a poignancy about holding on to a relationship. 'Here’s What I Need To Know' follows 'Storm Around The World' that was included in Under The Radar and BrooklynVegan's “favorite songs of the week". 

 !!! on 'Here's What I Need To Know' - "Here's  What I Need To Know is a song about the moment when you know a relationship is finished- either because you’re over it, or you realize the other person is. It’s about how all the details of those moments, like an Aaliyah song on the radio or watching snow fall through a window, become imprinted in your memory as well."

"Musically, the first half builds using arpeggiated synths, trance stabs and layers of percussion. For the second half, we sampled a small bit of the end of the chorus, the last two chords and the word “over” to create a loop. Then, like in a French Touch song, we used that loop as the basis for the full beat that comes in to end the song and provide some release."

There’s this thing about making art where in order to make it feel exciting for yourself, you have to reinvent yourself each time. You have to keep pushing. Go at it like a beginner. Take a white wall and color it in. Every new thing you make has to feel like a statement, the best new version of yourself. Dance punk royals !!! know the feeling well - they’ve been releasing urgent, obliterative, fuck-you music for 25 years. Music, for !!!, has to be a place where anything can happen. To quote frontman Nic Offer “We’ve always been pushing towards something stranger and weirder. We had to keep pushing on.” 

The band’s ninth record, Let it Be Blue, takes that feeling of constant, radical transformation to new, untapped zones. It’s a record of sparse dance music. The kind of stuff you want to put on loud, let loose, go to the bar to get a drink only to abandon your plans because the song that just came on was too good not to dance to.

'Let it Be Blue' is a computer record, but it doesn’t feel like it. Featuring production from Patrick Ford, 'Let it Be Blue' is the product of file sharing, trading stems, song particles, little ideas on their way to being fully realized dance tracks. It was conceived during the past two years, with dreams of future dancefloors very much on the brain. The resulting 11 songs are some of the band’s most production focused offerings to date. They’re crystalline, full of sub-bass and drums. It evokes visions of clubs where a concoction of Dembow and acid house play at volumes so loud your ears hurt and you forget what day of the week it is. In other words, it’s a !!! album. It makes you freak out a little bit. 

Making something sparse was an exciting challenge for the band. “Starting as a band with seven or eight people, we were always crowding everything in and trying to fit as many parts as possible,” says Offer. 'Let it Be Blue' is a departure from that.It’s minimalist, but that doesn’t at all mean that these songs aren’t complicated, self-contained worlds. They are. 

The record’s cast of collaborators are another !!! signature, another way for the band to feel constantly excited about the discovery process that is making new work. This shift has been in the works for a decade. It started on Thr!!!ler, a record that you might consider a turning point in the band’s expansive discography. In the past decade, the band has collaborated with an exciting rotation of artists. On this record, that desire to experiment alongside other artists feels especially realized. “Those characters stand out more,” says Offer. They feel especially distinct. When Angelica Garcia hops on vocals on “Un Puente,” the scenery changes again. We’re not in the New York City lofts of yore, we’re on a goddamn beach, pupils dilated, bouncing from high BPM. 

'Let it Be Blue' is a record about discovery, uncovering new parts of yourself, going there. How many dance records start off with an acoustic track? 'Let it Be Blue' does, it’s called “Normal People”, and it’s a Laurel Canyon-esque amuse bouche. It’s tongue in cheek, it’s like walking taking a first step in a new place before everything changes in weird and excellent ways. It’s kind of like a Pandora's Box. Open it up, the whole world shifts and transforms around you. Mostly though, it will make you really want to get down and dance. 

Listen to 'Here's What I Need To Know' here

Pre-save 'Let It Be Blue' here

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