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LISTEN: New Liars
The Quietus , April 2nd, 2012 10:56

Track streaming, trailer online, new album title unveiled

Liars have begun to unveil more details about their forthcoming new album, including posting a new song onto their Facebook page and announcing the title via Pitchfork. In the interview with the American website, Liars' Angus Andrew says that the record, called WIXIW, "was a lot more difficult" to make than any of their previous efforts. He added "I don't think I've been as scared of a record we've made since Drum's Not Dead".

As evidenced by new track 'No.1 Against The Rush' (go here to listen), Liars are heading in a far poppier, more electronic direction that we've yet heard from them, with the new song reminiscent of The Cure's 'A Forest' as covered by Caribou-esque electronic boffs and a hint of a more characterful Radiohead. You can also hear fragments of another new track at the trailer below:

Last year's Short Circuit Festival seems to have been something of a milestone for a fair few Mute artists, cementing VCMG and birthing the astonishing Carter Tutti Void project. The same goes, says Andrew, for Liars. "Aaron and I had a period of writing out in the woods, with just computers and programs," he says. "Then we went off and took a break, and we did one show at this Mute festival in London. It was the first time I'd seen the Residents play live, and it just really blew me away. There were a lot more electronic acts in that lineup, too. We came out with the material that we'd been playing recently, with the standard drums/bass/guitar setup, and that felt really weird."

The lyrical themes have also evolved to make for a very personal Liars record. "This record's about the internal struggle, as opposed to Sisterworld, which was about how you're supposed to associate with your environment," says Andrew. "This one's more about how you're supposed to associate with yourself. Part of that comes from the idea of personal relationships. I had recently begun a serious relationship, and at the same time, Aaron had ended a very serious relationship. There's this interesting duality of fear and doubt that you can achieve from both sides of that coin. You suddenly are very aware of yourself in relation to other people. There's a lot of doubt, anxiety, and uncertainty in the lyrics of this record.

"We dropped everything that we had learned on the last couple records and tried to really see what it's like starting from the other end. That's always pretty frightening. We've done that before, but not with this computer technology that we really had no idea about how to use."

The tracklisting of WIXIW is thus:

'The Exact Colour of Doubt'
'Octagon'
'No.1 Against the Rush'
'A Ring on Every Finger'
'III Valley Prodigies'
'WIXIW'
'His and Mine Sensations'
'Flood to Flood'
'Who is the Hunter'
'Brats'
'Annual Moon Words'

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