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Shame have announced their much-anticipated return, via the frenetic, storming new single ‘Alphabet’. It marks their first new music since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Songs of Praise in 2018 via Dead Oceans.
Alongside, the band have shared a Tegen Williams directed video for the single, capturing the unnerving nature of hypnagogic hallucinations and the distressing way the mind can play tricks on us while dreaming.
On the track, produced by James Ford, frontman Charlie Steen explains:
"Alphabet is a direct question, to the audience and the performer, on whether any of this will ever be enough to reach satisfaction. At the time of writing it, I was experiencing a series of surreal dreams where a manic subconscious was bleeding out of me and seeping into the lyrics. All the unsettling and distressing imagery I faced in my sleep have taken on their own form in the video”
Shame’s return, at under three minutes long, is a burst of energy that blazes bright and fast. It’s a restless and relentless track that feels familiar yet bigger and bolder than anything the band have done before, signalling the arrival of a new era of Shame.