Inspired by Douglas Coupland’s iconic novel ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’, the new single from Sennen, ‘Autopilot’, builds on subtle hypnotic layers before exploding into a wall of noise and confusion.
Amidst layers of flashing imagery Sennen gradually expose 60s airline ads which at first seem fun and innocent, quite literally of a distant age, but gradually, accompanied by such an incongruous soundtrack, procure a sense of menace. As the novel descends into an apocalyptic state so too does the song and video erupt into an eerie dissonant place, where there’s always part of you trying to shake yourself awake.
“You can cruise through life surrounded by aspirational nonsense wherever you turn, losing yourself and falling asleep indefinitely,” explains singer Lawrence Holmes. “Those ultra-happy 60s airline ads seemed suitably mad and creepy to accompany this thought – especially when filtered through an extra layer of close-up television. But underneath, there’s always part of you trying to shake yourself awake.”
Autopilot, mastered by Sonic Boom, (aka Peter Kember of Spacemen 3/Spectrum) is the first slice of brilliance to be taken from Sennen’s new album First Light, released on February 26th, 2016 via Indelabel. Sennen exist in the outer reaches of both sound and music. They are outliers, outsiders, dreamers. Their intentions are utterly pure, their graceful sound that of exploration and liberation.
Sennen’s new single is released via Indelabel / Republic of Music on December 11th at iTunes.