This year, coldwave is back in a big way — and we have Wierd Records to thank. Their latest minimal offering comes from Martial Canterel, the lastest project from Xeno & Oaklander’s Sean McBride. “You Today,” the first single from the album of the same name, is a fittingly icy number; isolated synths and melancholic vocals make for sharp, foggy club-ready pop, and it comes with some lonesome subject matter:
Lyrically, the album continues McBride’s exploration of the increasing difficulty in trying to connect with real people and real things as technology renders the material substance of bodies and objects ever more abstract and distant.
Indeed, never has Brooklyn looked so bleak as in the “You Today” video, shot by Xeno bandmate Liz Wendelbo and edited by Box Motion (Gus Van Sant’s Restless). Stark and cyan-tinted, with shots of a car ride down the BQE cutting to the “brutal architecture” of Brooklyn Army Terminal, the video very simply captures McBride’s sense of longing — quote Stereogum, “his own private Brooklyn, or whatever.”