The ex-Pavement guitarist shares new track from his forthcoming electronic album
Stephen Malkmus will release his new album in March. Called Groove Denied, it showcases the former Pavement frontman delving into electronic music for the first time, even as it’s “not a full-blown plunge into EDM or hiptronica”, says his record label Domino. On the contrary, his first solo album since 2001 is full of songs and bleak vocals. “It’s fun to mess with things that you’re not supposed to,” remarks Malkmus.
He has already shared the video to the lead single “Viktor Borgia”, which features a forlorn looking Stephen singing alone in a club. “I was thinking things like Pete Shelley’s “Homosapien”, The Human League, and DIY synth music circa 1982,” says Malkmus, adding “and also about how in the New Wave 80s, these suburban 18-and-over dance clubs were where all the freaks would meet – a sanctuary.”
Time spent in Berlin perhaps inspired the album – Malkmus speaks favourably of his experience of the German capital's club and techno scene. “You can zone out, dance and focus on music,” he says, “or just get wasted!”