Teased with an excellent new track in mid-Summer, the newest record from Polish massive, sludge and hardcore infused post-metal act FLESHWORLD is slowly approaching its release date on October 11, 2019 via This Charming Man Records (order HERE for International or HERE for Poland). To build the anticipation, the band just released a new music video for another new track called “Currents And Tides”, and it promises a strong release and multiple listens. Watch the video above and scroll down for a special track by track breakdown, penned directly by the band and presented exclusively for IDIOTEQ! Dzięki Panowie!
Fleshworld was initially founded in 2010 as an electronic/post rock duo, the band gradually grew and developed. For a while they revolved around the post-rock/post-metal genres. Since then, the band has been getting heavier and more aggressive with each iteration, while still retaining a certain introspective mood and melodic approach.
“Second single from the album and that last song on it. We wanted to try something new and we think it’s the most fun and rewarding to play live, so it’s fitting that it’s a live video. The idea of being a part of something beyond one’s control appealed to us at the time the song was made. The lack of control and the fear of letting go are the main themes of this song. We consciously and subconsciously put ourselves into situations we can’t get out of. It seems to be inscribed in our instincts to expose ourselves to suffering and to find solace in it. We are merely passengers in our bodies and our minds, with a glimmer of hope to hold on to, and remnants of control to give us a false impression that we’re able to act, instead of just watching the big scenario unfold.”
This is the oldest track on the album, but it was also the last one to get lyrics, therefore we consider it to be a symbolical frame that encompasses the last couple of years.
We wanted it to be a straightforward, simple story, evoking a movie or a theatrical drama. There are no good or bad characters, only ones that align with our morality and those that do not. A euphoric beginning followed by an abrupt anti-climax somehow mimics the dynamics of most of our human endeavours. The initial moments of euphoria are usually outshined by the tragic outcome.
Out of Context
That feeling, unrelated to anything else that’s going on, slowly creeping in and taking shape at the back of your head.
The Essence Has Changed
Human memory can sometimes be unpredictable. Highly significant, decisive experiences may later come back to us as brief, disconnected vignettes, filled with emotion and tiny details, rather than the events themselves. On the contrary, when we experience something on the negative side, our memory tends to record it with unparalleled accuracy. The contrast between the way our mind deals with positive and negative stimuli inspired us combine two radically different motifs in a song of love and hate.
An Ontologist’s Nightmare
Ontology is a study of being, becoming, and reality. We wanted to imagine what its practitioner’s greatest fear would be. It certainly goes beyond the basic issues of being, or existence in a state of limbo. It’s the quantum indefiniteness, the ambiguous state of being, things going in and out of existence with no one to blame but ourselves, which fuels out internal conflict.
The Details Remain
On the surface, this track bears probably the most similarities to our previous albums. You may later realise that the resemblance doesn’t go very deep. Just like we recognise a face by its unique, barely distinguishable features. If we were to remove those, what would remain?
It’s a short and “sweet” song about isolation and the inherent guilt attached. The deeper we go down the rabbit hole of self-doubt and mistrust towards others, the harder it is to distinguish what’s real and to get rid of the emotions that accompany us.
The monotonous, repetitive main riff, occasionally interrupted by sudden bursts of melody and vocals reflects the idea of futility and wasted effort, which amounts to nothing. Technically, the lyrics are in a way a reflection of the semi-improvised instrumental layer. We haven’t given the lyrics much thought, the words were very close to the surface and they materialised as a disconcerting, but therapeutic stream of consciousness.
Currents and Tides
The song starts pretty intense, just like being dragged out to a street full of people. The idea of being a part of something beyond one’s control appealed to us at the time the song was made. The lack of control and the fear of letting go are the main themes of this song. We consciously and subconsciously put ourselves into situations we can’t get out of. It seems to be inscribed in our instincts to expose ourselves to suffering and to find solace in it. We are merely passengers in our bodies and our minds, with a glimmer of hope to hold on to, and remnants of control to give us a false impression that we’re able to act, instead of just watching the big scenario unfold.
“Hard to understand that it’s left behind. All the strife and all accomplishments. At the end of everything there’s relief, But until then may you forget why.”