As a follow-up to 2015’s Brace The Wave, lo-fi icon Lou Barlow has announced a new EP, Apocalypse Fetish, and shared its lead single, “The Breeze.” For the debut track, Barlow pairs a down-tuned ukulele (his weapon of choice on Apocalypse Fetish) with his own voice, which rises above hushed only for a bittersweet chorus. Despite the lack of backup, Barlow manages to create a set of loud/quiet songs that are as fully-realized as past full-band efforts (Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, to name a couple), keeping the bar high at the end of his career. Here’s what he had to say about it:
Apocalypse Fetish is a 5 song extended play release from, me, Lou Barlow. The cover features a newborn child peering warily over the edge of her mother’s sling into 2016, the year that conspiracy theorists became experts and anger went [even more] mainstream. The song “Apocalypse Fetish” proposes that, perhaps, many of us have been disappointed that the end of the world has taken too long to come after we’ve spent most of our lives predicting it. And, perhaps, we’ve decided to take matters in our own hands and “bring it on” because, if it doesn’t come soon, then didn’t we all seem foolish talking about it all. the. time.
Apocalypse Fetish is out 10/28 on Joyful Noise. Pre-order it here.