“Negative Space” by Hookworms

Domino Records will release Microshift, the third album from Hookworms, due for release on February 2nd, 2018. Microshift is the Leeds band’s first new work in over 3 years and marks a seismic shift in their sound, and production,

This is the band’s third studio album technically but arguably the first in which the studio has been central to its creation. Pearl Mystic and second LP, The Hum, were heavily informed by the band’s live sound; Microshift on the other hand came to life in the studio, formed out of loops, modular synthesizer sequences, drum machines, homemade samples etc. which were jammed around and layered until the songs began to emerge.

Radiant, immersive and teeming with light, but still heavy and forceful – the music on Microshift acts as a very deliberate counter to some of the difficult topics the album’s lyrics address. Death, disease, heartbreak, body image and even natural disaster (the album was recorded immediately after MJ had finally completed restoring his Suburban Home studio after it was destroyed in a flood.