With their debut album out Aug 19th via Sacred Bones, Exploded View, fronted by political journalist/musician Anika, are unveiling their new track ‘Lost Illusions’. The band are set to play a run of UK dates this August.

Eerie opening drums start ‘Lost Illusions’, followed by Anika’s recognisable uninflected vocals. The song’s title is as thought provoking as the sound itself; enticing, repetitive drones turn into high-pitched cries and ‘Lost Illusions’ marks the final single from the four-piece ahead of the release of their debut full-length.

Anika released her self-titled debut album to critical acclaim in 2010. This new project was created during the rehearsal sessions for Anika’s Mexican live debut back in March 2014.  An unexpected partnership formed between Annika and local producers, Martin Thulin (who also plays with Crocodiles), synth-head Hugo Quezada (Robota) and Riotboy sweetheart Hector Melgarejo to form Exploded View. The four musicians discovered a new sound, several steps removed from the krautrock-isms of Henderson’s previous work during their rehearsals and live performances in Mexico City. The straight to tape sessions that followed in the San Rafael neighborhood, ventured somewhere new; a lighter place, unguarded, veering from any script.  Improvisation was the guiding principle and the source of the band’s inspiration. The studio itself was outfitted so that every sound produced in the room would be recorded. A Tascam 388 8-track captured everything – fully live, fully improvised, first-takes only.

Catch Exploded View live at a select few locations this summer, sadly no Manchester date:

20th Aug – Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK
21st Aug – Green Man Festival, Wales, UK
21st Aug – The Exchange, Bristol, UK
23rd Aug – Shacklewell Arms, London, UK

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