Dinosaur Jr. bassist and lo-fi hero Lou Barlow returned to his solo career after a six-year furlough with last September’s Brace the Wave. On October 28th, he’ll follow up on that effort with a new EP entitled Apocalypse Fetish via Joyful Noise Recordings.
The five-track EP sees Barlow playing nothing but a ukulele, though he notes that the way he uses the instrument sounds more like “a 4-string acoustic guitar utilizing strumming styles and lower toned soundscapes…” It’s a style that’s clear and captivating on the first single, “The Breeze”. “I stopped to catch my breath/ Realized I had less of it/ And the metal detection didn’t work,” he sings as the quiet track builds louder and more immediate.
Check it out below.
Apocalypse Fetish is available for preorder now; it’s available digitally, on CD, and as either a clear vinyl or a silver-inside-clear 10-inch limited to 300 hand-numbered copies. Find the album art and tracklist underneath Barlow’s description of the effort below.
“Apocalypse Fetish is a 5 song extended play release from, me, Lou Barlow. The cover features a newborn child peering warily over the edge of her mother’s sling into 2016, the year that conspiracy theorists became experts and anger went [even more] mainstream. The song ‘Apocalypse Fetish’ proposes that, perhaps, many of us have been disappointed that the end of the world has taken too long to come after we’ve spent most of our lives predicting it. And, perhaps, we’ve decided to take matters in our own hands and ‘bring it on’ because, if it doesn’t come soon, then didn’t we all seem foolish talking about it all. the. time… I’d be proud to have Apocalypse Fetish be my final record.”
Apocalypse Fetish EP Artwork:
Apocalypse Fetish Tracklist:
01. The Breeze
02. Apocalypse Fetish
03. Anniversary Song
04. Pour Reward
05. Try 2 B