CURRENT: Carlson – “Purgatory” [ft. Autre Ne Veut]

After working on albums from St. Vincent, Oneohtrix Point Never, Peaking Lights, Ford & Lopatin, Zola Jesus, Wild Nothing, Woods, Lady Gaga and Tamaryn, Brooklyn-based producer-engineer Carlson is set to release his own Going South on June 10 via Driftless. Today, he unveiled the album’s lead single “Purgatory,” featuring previous collaborator Autre Ne Veut. The two worked on Autre Ne Veut’s excellent 2013 album Anxiety, and are able to find similar ground on this fantastic new single. The production is all wheels in motion, with jazz flourishes and droning synths snuffed out by the skittering percussion and Arthur Ashin’s trademark emotionally bare vocals. “Purgatory” isn’t just an abstract concept, it’s now a real place; and as constructed by Carlson and Ashin, it’s not a place I’d soon want to visit.


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