Listen: Stunningly Visceral New machineheart Single ‘Overgrown’

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Their name alone seems a coldly incisive statement on our times. But LA’s machineheart actually make music of stunningly emotional depth.

Their 2017 debut Cruel World (quite a prescient title) shot the quartet to international attention, with NME naming them one of the year’s “Breakout Bands.” The EP went on to rack up more than 50 million streams. Now newly signed to Nettwerk, a full album is due later this year. But in the lead up, the lavish new single “Overgrown” has decisively captured our attention.

With its rat-a-tat drumming, opulent synths and haunted atmospherics, it is a piercingly visceral lament on existential uncertainty. In her breathy, sensual-but-anxious vocal style, Stevie Scott delivers what might be an Apocalyptic post-mortem, or perhaps a poignant metaphor for personal rebirth: “Maybe I’m the only one who survived / Crawling out of the dark and into the light / Now I will find my own way.”

“’Overgrown,’ more than anything, is a feeling,” she explains. “It’s a place I pictured in my head. During the writing process, we intentionally escaped to try and figure ourselves out. And what we found creatively was so much open space. There was a pensiveness brooding that was honest and tangible; you can hear that in the song.”

You can brood along with them, as machineheart will open for The Horrors this Friday at The Independent in San Francisco, and Sunday at LA’s Regent Theater.