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AUGUST UNDERGROUND

WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM AUGUST UNDERGROUND – MORPHIUM

The music of August Underground lies in an unexplored no-mans-land between genres, fusing familiar rock with experimental industrial elements to create a curiously unique sound. What started as a clean slate project for the artist has now become a permanent fixture and things are hotting up.

April saw the drop of August Underground’s latest offering MORPHIUM. The self-produced track comes alongside a DIY music video that features recycled materials to bring MORPHIUM’s thematic connotations to life.

It starts with a dark, grimy synth, home-crafted by the artist himself, before picking up with some mechanical percussive rhythms. Instilling an abstract feeling of caution and discomfort, the song portrays more literal imagery through graphic lyrics: skinning your fingers with the flip of every page/and it’s worth it just for your recreational outrage. It develops like a modern horror story.

The chorus makes its first appearance around 30 seconds in, where the programmed drums morph into performed ones and the synths smoothen out with less jagged motions. The instrumentation becomes sluggish and heavy, conjuring images of dark clouds looming above.

This verse-chorus structure loops as the unease grows, fostering a deep tension that characterises the track. However, the real climax is reached within MORPIUM‘s final minute. A huge wall of bassy synths takes hold, while layered guitars shred overtop. It sees the clouds release their dramatic stormy rainfall, before coming to an eerie end.

MORPHIUM leaves a haunting trace that August Underground has crafted with intent. A little refinement would benefit the track concerning the balance of its low frequencies and complex layers battling for attention. However, it demonstrates the DIY artist’s potential which cannot be ignored.

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