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The Bodies Obtained have released a new album Fishtail, available on all streaming services. Over the past ten years, they have created an uncompromising and defiant catalogue that plays inside a multitude of electronic genres and pushes against their pillars. Their experiments with tempo and key changes on Fishtail create a nervous splendor that becomes more and more unhinged as the album progresses. “Public View” builds on a synthpop groove that spirals into an anxious break and returns. “Prone to Forget” presents a sublime soundscape with a building uneasiness in the drums and synths. The haunted and menacing “What Sea Did You Crawl Out Of” has a fragile break of beauty breaking through before it comes crashing down again.
In an era of over-exposure and social media stats, The Bodies Obtained have been as resolute about how they present their work as the work itself by obscuring their identity, giving minimal statements on the music, and accompanying it only with artwork and no photos of themselves. The project was originally conceived in Detroit, taking its name from Joy Division’s “Day of the Lords”. Their first album, From the Top of My Tree, was released in 2008 and introduced their daring compositions both heavy and transcendent. That thread continues on their most recent albums, 2017’s Eightsome which finds space for both the idyllic and the threatening and 2018’s Breakneck & Jubilee which takes its name from the characters created in the album, one contemplative and in minor chords and the other boisterous and overpowering in major chords. The Bodies Obtained resists categorization and obliterates the lines between electronic genres.