It's rare for me these days to steel myself before listening to an album (which I didn't do before Body/Head's self-titled, a mistake). But I have hopes that James Ferraro's NYC, HELL 3:00AM (out today via Hippos In Tanks) will be powerful enough kick off an eight hour anxiety trip from the first song. “QR JR” is certainly portentous.
If his previous album Far Side Virtual was a desperate bleached smile in the face of (and while participating in) consumerist culture's shift to the online marketplace, this new song hints at an emotional collapse of Great Recession levels. The steaming cauldron of church bells and untraceable YouTube samples invokes the dead-eyed, numb-fingered trances attendant with Internet Life, as your thoughts, desires and shopping habits are stored in some invulnerable server instead of a human heart. Follow me on Twitter.
The video offers scenes of glitchy carnage between brutal Internet headline buzzwords that appear just long enough to stock the most vicious pleasure centres of your brain. Watch below via V Magazine.