NYC minimalist post-punk/synth-pop duo The Vacant Lots (made up of Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen) have announced the release of their fifth studio album ‘Interiors‘ and have shared the video for the lead single “Amnesia“.
The follow-up to 2021’s Closure, will be out on October 13 via Fuzz Club Records. Pre-order your copy here.
The 8 songs on ‘Interiors’ synthesise all of the band’s past work while pushing forward into the future, is their darkest and most visionary work yet. Ethereal metallic synths and blistering electronics are driven by disco-on-downers dance beats lashed with gutter-rock guitar riffs and icy detached vocals with evocatively concise and lacerating lyrics.
Recorded over many sleepless nights and amphetamine-fueled mornings in the project’s isolated Brooklyn bunker home studios, the album follows the band’s minimal is maximal aesthetic coalescing into dark bedroom anthems for loners and lovers with nods to 70s/80s punk and nightclub music ala Joy Division, Iggy Pop’s The Idiot, Depeche Mode, and New Order.
On new single “Amnesia,” Jared Artaud says: “It’s about dealing with duality and integrating the conflicting feelings within a relationship. It’s about feeling dissociative and getting burned by the fire. Then coping with how this inevitably leads to the dissolution of the relationship. This is a mantra for all the songs on the album.”
Commenting on the video, Artaud adds: “Alex Schipper is a master of taste. We worked together on some videos for our last album Closure. He’s a great artist to collaborate with and really gets our minimalist aesthetic. A mantra for the band is ‘through darkness, light.’ Alex translated that beautifully in the Amnesia video featuring Mateen Ismail, who really completed the vision.”
Check out the album’s tracklist and watch the video for “Amnesia,” below.
The Vacant Lots ‘Interiors’ Tracklist:
- Damaged Goods
UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS
19 Oct – London, UK @ The Shacklewell Arms
21 Oct – Paris, FR @ Supersonic
23 Oct – Berlin, DE @ Urban Spree
Photo credit: Chris Hogge