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Release Radar: black midi Release New Single, “Cruising”

black midi’s Cavalcade, released this spring via Rough Trade, is “an avant-rock labyrinth of maddening intricacy” (Pitchfork). Landing on multiple “Best Albums of 2021 (So Far)” lists, it remains one of the year’s most praised releases by critics and fans alike. Today, they present a new single, “Cruising,” previously only available as a bonus track on the Japanese Cavalcade CD release. Taken from the same sessions as Cavalcade, “Cruising” was recorded with John Spud Murphy. It slows the pace down with great dynamism, as muted percussion and softly thrumming bass and guitar open the track. As it continues, Greep’s ominous voice hovers in and the instrumentation grows more melancholy and tense. Like Cavalcade, “Cruising” champions black midi’s astounding musicianship.

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