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When I said I was terrified, I meant it in the best possible way. Who said horror was not a legitimate playing field in music? Mjöðer will always find a way to scare the shit out of me, be it through inuit throat singing, visuals where she's a CGI face carved on tectonic plates with lava oozing out of her every orifice, or just now with this nightmare where it seems like she dug down to reach the underground campo santo that was left after each and every kid was slaughtered on Pleasure Island from Pinocchio (1940), and the island clowns are now a bass clarinet sextet because of course!

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her weirdest, most menacing, literally dissonant, zero-hooks anti-pop lead single ever
I believe people refer to the song as being more accessible than her usual stuff because it's a 4/4 compass with a rather marked beat (that reminds everyone I talk to of reggaeton), with a bubbling bass loop that accompanies it throughout, making it a relatively easy rhythm to "latch onto". I disagree there are zero hooks - all the "to nooot connect", "we doooo connect" follow a pattern that gets repeated from beggining to end. I'll give you this is menacing and dissonant, but her weirdest, zero-hooks, anti-pop first single remains The Gate.
 
I love it. Equal parts goofy and menacing. The oompah-pah clarinets are hilarious; they should make for an interesting aural theme throughout the album. Like a lot of her more recent work, the melody is hard to pin down—people calling this her most accessible in a while, really?! But that tooOOOOO connect immediately grabs.

Visually this is exactly what I wanted. She’s having a blast. I literally giggled throughout. I cannot imagine trying to watch this tripping, though. TERRIFYING.
 
This is The Comet Song on some questionable substances at 4am.

I definitely agree this is her most dissonant/challenging lead single, but it’s also her most uptempo/beat driven one in a decade. The main “hook” definitely made its way into my brain, but I didn’t love that middle section. I do like the sonic palette and the new track preview has me very excited for the rest of the album.

I’m expecting some Volta cuts to be brought back for the tour. Innocence in particular sounds like it could find a new home in this era, maybe even Earth Intruders.
 
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