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Enemies – “Leaves”

Enemies have been creating expansive and immediate rock music for almost a decade and, going into recording their third full-length, the Irish group decided to disband after its release: “By accepting the end all of the pressure was gone,” they wrote in a note when they announced the album and their breakup a few weeks ago. “We were now able to see everything from a new perspective. Our egos had dropped off.” And so their final album, Valuables, feels free from the weight of expectation. “It became a passion project,” as they put it. “Leaves,” the latest single from the album, emulates the means of creation. It sounds airy and elemental and open, sort of like it was ripped apart and stitched back together again, a swell of pinpricks and smooth lines. Indistinct voices burble in and out of the mix, occasionally harmonizing but also acting in odds with each other as the song builds towards a towering conclusion. Listen below.

Valuables is out 12/9 via Topshelf Records. Pre-order it here. The band’s last show is in Dublin on 12/18.

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