This is the eleventh entry (ECSS11) in the "Ecstattic Singles" series.
"The Kiss" is the first single from the new record by Minneapolis-based post-pop trio EGO DEATH. Embodying the band's recent shift from folk-inflected guitar music to swirling, ambient- and shoegaze-inspired punk, "The Kiss" finds the sweet spot between the two by combining drifting melodic hooks, relentless krautrock propulsion and nostalgic lyrics. "Graveyard" employs the same formula in an even more bracing manner, fading in from a blurry, distorted drone and proceeding to ride one chord to its bombastic end.
Despite the seemingly death-obsessed titling and wistful lyrical bent, however, the beating heart of these songs is how perfectly they embody the relentless will to live and naked sentimentalism of youth - when singer/guitarist Jeremy Warden juxtaposes "standing by a river in a cutoff t-shirt" with falling head-over-heels for a stranger in a parking lot seven years hence, you somehow get exactly what he's talking about.
released July 28, 2015
Written/Performed by Ego Death
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Ali at Ecstattic Studio