Kill Shelter is back with “The Necklace”, a powerful new single that enlists the talents of Swedish post-punk act Agent Side Grinder who appear in the song’s beautifully shot monochromatic video. The track comes off their sophomore album Asylum, following the critically-acclaimed debut Damage.
Kill Shelter is UK-based alternative artist and producer Pete Burns, whose remix portfolio includes Christian Death, The Wake, and Aleister Crowley, as well as She Past Away. Agent Side Grinder is a Swedish electronic band consisting of Johan Lange, Peter Fristedt, and Emanuel Åström. They have opened for bands such as Suicide and Laibach and are currently in the studio recording material for a new full-length release.
“The Necklace” explores the quest for personal sanctuary in the face of constant physical and mental abuse, following the dark themes on the album such as human trafficking, domestic abuse, seeking refuge, disillusionment, bedlam and redemption. “It definitely has a dark energy,” admits Burns.
The track is driving and emotional, with a hypnotic bass and buzzing elements bringing to mind the blocks to mental clarity in times of distress. This is music for those who need a boost in confidence to exit a bad situation; and for those on the other side who hope to make a positive difference.
“The Necklace is a metaphorical vehicle for building personal resilience when dealing with violence and abuse on a daily basis,” adds Johan Lange (Agent Side Grinder). “We had a shared vision for both the song and the video and it is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word.“
The moody, atmospheric video was filmed in Stockholm by Jacob Frössén and in Edinburgh, Scotland, with post-production by Pete Burns. It brings to mind the earlier work of Anton Corbijn with Depeche Mode and Propaganda.
Watch the video below:
Asylum, the second part in a series of collaboration albums featuring like-minded artists from around the globe, includes contributions from Ronny Moorings (Clan of Xymox), Agent Side Grinder, Ash Code, Stefan Netschio (Beborn Beton), William Faith (The Bellwether Syndicate / Faith and the Muse), Valentina Veil (VV & the Void) and Antipole.
With a distinct track listing for each territory, the album is available in two versions: via Metropolis Records in North and South America, and Manic Depression Records in Europe and the rest of the world.
Asylum will be released on both limited edition vinyl and compact disc along with all digital and streaming platforms on July 15th, 2022.
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