SQUID announces their second album ‘O Monolith’ alongside a new single

British post-punk band SQUID announces sophomore album ‘O Monolith’ which will be available June 9th. With their new single ‘Swing (In A Dream)’, SQUID reveals the warm opener of their forthcoming project alongside a brand-new video.

Teeming with melodic epiphanies and layered sounds, SQUID’s second album ‘O Monolith’ is a musical evocation of environment, domesticity, and self-made folklore. Like its predecessor, 2021’s critically acclaimed, UK number 4 album Bright Green Field, it is dense and tricksy – but also warmer and more characterful, with a meandering, questioning nature.


The album began its gestation only two weeks after the release of Bright Green Field, on the band’s Fieldworks tour in May and June 2021. The songs continued to come together in rehearsal rooms around Bristol, where the band were based at the time. Although each member has his primary instrument(s), there are no set roles when writing and recording. The band then moved to Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios in Wiltshire, a luxe, rambling environment far removed from producer Dan Carey’s intimate basement studio, where Bright Green Field came to life. This change in environment further pushed the development of the band’s sound from claustrophobic post-punk to something more free-flowing and spacious. 


For ‘O Monolith’, SQUID tried out new roles within the band, new players and collaborators joined the fray during recording – another expansion in SQUID’s sonic world. Production from long-time collaborator Dan Carey is complemented by mixing from John McEntire of Tortoise.


Expansive, evocative, and hugely varied, ‘O Monolith’ retains SQUID’s restless, enigmatic spirit, but it still holds surprises for those familiar with Bright Green Field. It’s a reflection of the outsized progression of a band always looking to the future. Like its namesake, ‘O Monolith’ is vast and strange; alive with endless possible interpretations of its inner mysteries.


SQUID’s promising follow-up to Bright Green Fields can be experienced live at the 2023 editions of Rock Werchter as well as Into The Great Wide Open. For now, experience the first single off the new album HERE.

'O Monolith' will be releasing on the 9th of june. PRE-SAVE HERE. 

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