Sometimes music isn't meant to be nice to listen to. Esya, the solo project of Ayşe Hassan of Savages and Kite Base), has just released a fantastic new single that's not exactly a comfortable listen. "Nothing" has a droning baseline throughout and an awkward drumbeat that you can't quite figure out. It's a pattern (maybe?) but definitely not a simple one. Hassan's voice is the one thing that can be considered traditionally nice to listen to, and stands out as a lifeline holding you into the song. And, somehow, you can almost dance to the whole thing. But, for those of us that like awkward, unsettling music, "Nothing" will be glorious.
You can watch the video for "Nothing" below. Absurdity of ATGC (I), the new EP from Esya, will be out May 24. You can pre-order a copy at Bandcamp. For more on Esya, check out her website.