Monday, March 14, 2022

Ex-Hyena - "Sight Unseen"

I don't cover a lot of electronic music here at If It's Too Loud..., so when I do you know it's something special. The latest from Boston's Ex-Hyena is "Sight Unseen," and it's one of the more intriguing songs coming out of the city for a while. The song comes across like a dark and moody and very off kilter version of trip hop. While trip hop tends to be chill, "Sight Unseen" is anything but. Sure, it's a slow song, but this could never get played in the chill room of a rave. This song is almost orchestral in an anxiety inducing way. It's what would play in a dream where nothing was specifically coming to get you, but you knew something could at any moment. And I mean this all in the best possible way.

Reuben Bettsak of Ex-Hyena says of the new song:

“‘Sight Unseen’ is about how we fill our headspace with beautiful noise and music to combat thoughts of loneliness. The line ‘From our beds into the waves’ conjures up stormy dreams and memories. An ocean can be dangerous, dark, and beautiful at the same time. Love can be those things as well.” 

You can listen to "Sight Unseen" below. Moon Reflections is due out June 24 on Brutal Resonance/Hush Club LTD. For more on Ex-Hyena, check out the band's Facebook.

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