Department M will release a second single, double a-side The Second Prize/Absentia through Too Pure on June 24.
Following on from the debut single release I’ll Fax You An Apology which was released through Leeds label Hide & Seek records earlier in the year, this new release consolidates the abrasive beauty exhibited and shifts Department M’s sound forward with brutalist pop economy.
Absentia has been released online and can be heard here. Based around a flowing over-driven hip-hop drum loop and smooth swathes of analogue synthesizer, this is a track that uses space as an instrument. Eschewing the taut, tense feel of it’s counterpart, The Second Prize, Absentia has a wide beauty and relief after the tension of the first side. The swooping vocals of “I’m breathing out/I’m breathing in…” and the dramatic drum beat juxtapose the floating noises of the synths. It has a mystical sound that will have you hooked in a second.
Now established as a hypnotic and pummelling live act, the last six months have seen Department M tour the UK with Menace Beach as well as taking in early summer festivals Live at Leeds and YO1. This summer they’ll continue on the road with dates in support of this Too Pure Singles Club release and with festival slots at Beacons and Tramlines.
See Department M live:
26 June Leeds A Nation Of Shopkeepers
10 July London Hoxton Bar and Kitchen
21 July Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
18 August Beacons Festival, Skipton.