"This reality is insane. How is my brain processing this right now?" artist Katy Davidson asks on their upcoming album Skulls Example
, and the album echoes this sentiment in every song. Ten years have passed since Davidson released their last full-length LP under the moniker Dear Nora
, and while the band got their start by releasing short and sugary, buzzing tracks, the new single "Sunset on Humanity" is darker, lyrically complex and lo-fi. While it still retains a certain amount of simple sweetness, Davidson's voice sounds older, more weathered, like it has a dark echo to it that they didn't have before. And while the dark subject of the song is masked by Davidson's candy-sweet harmonies, it sounds a little bit like she's tried to write the rolling credits on humanity. And, cut.
The track is sugar-spun and delicate, with a swaying melody and a pitchy, harmonic hook. Davidson croons gently through their depiction of a dystopian future, where they are "breathing fake air" and "fake wind blows". After a twinkling instrumental solo, the lyrics go on to calmly list a series of bizarre images: "post-police, politics, organized cybernetics, dogs I despise". More gentle guitar picking in an unabashedly sweet melody, and the song abruptly ends. The fact that it's called "Sunset on Humanity" doesn't make it any less creepy.
The album is set to release May 25th via Orindal Records. It will be the first full-length LP Dear Nora has released in a decade, so make sure to mark your calendars, kids.