9.2.22

Hide by Secret Shame








Secret Shame have released their new single Hide, the first song from their forthcoming sophomore album and the very first recording ever done at Drop of Sun, Asheville's new and already praised recording studio (Animal Collective, Indigo De Souza, Wednesday, MJ Lenderman).

The band's lead singer Lena Machina writes an expressive statement in accordance with the new single's release: "The abysmal valley you’ve been sleeping in for your entire life sparks into a fiery horizon without warning. You’re too caught off guard by this sudden change to notice that flames are growing. Rapidly, they eat up everything on the outside of your shell and pursue the light inside of you. They pull it from you and exfoliate you with sharp teeth and burdens. The flames leave no room for judgment or improvement; they only leave room for denial and the harsh stripping of what once made you who you are. You twist and burn.

"Slower this time and with even less thought given towards it, the heat grows cold and lonely. The cold towers over the flames and extinguishes them, ready to move on to better meals. It washes over the embers and creates a consistent ash, smoking on your rubble. Once the heat has subsided and all that’s left is isolating cold, the emptiness makes room for a blinding and spectacular light. Everything parts to reveal something clean and new. It’s a beautiful feeling, but still sharp. This new iridescent light has you realizing you don’t know who you are anymore. You’ve been scalded repeatedly and you can’t recognize yourself. You can’t sink into this. You don’t know how to handle the beauty."

In terms of dark dynamics, Hide impresses by being on par with Secret Shame's previous album, Dark Synthetics, and it is highly promising as to the band's new and anticipated offerings.

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Secret Shame
Cover photograph by Travis Gillett