Very few bands have earned the “stop whatever you’re doing and listen” kind of accolade, and if there’s one band that objectively has achieved the rare feat, it’s portland punk rockers Sleater-Kinney. As such, it’s time to get your affairs in order, put down whatever you’re doing right now and listen, as the group fires yet another warning shot from their forthcoming tenth studio album in the form of brand new single ‘High In The Grass’.
Taking to social media, Sleater-Kinney explained that ‘High In The Grass’, the latest taste of the soon-to-be-released Path of Wellness, “touches on the fragility and beauty of mortal life.” Sonically, ‘High In The Grass’ is a rather blissed-out affair layered with simple but slick guitar work intertwining with a relentlessly cool bass groove. Lyrically, the song speaks to the reckless abandonment of cares as vocalist Carrie Brownstein croons: “The spring night came alive and we lost our minds/ And danced to no music like fools.”
The single comes hand-in-hand with a video counterpart, directed by none other than filmmaker and animator supreme Kelly Sears. Exploding in all directions in a fantastic display of kaleidoscope wonder, the clip exhumes the same carefree, frolicking in the grass energy put forward by the song.
The first offering of new material since 2019’s The Center Won’t Hold, Path of Wellness is poised to be yet another brilliant release from Sleater-Kinney, with Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker getting to work on the record in their native Portland during the depths of the recent hard lockdowns. For the first time in their career, Sleater-Kinney sat in the production chair, handling all 11 tracks while also opening the doors of their studio to local musicians to make their impression on the album. Once you’ve basked in the fresh release, make sure you treat yourself to previous ‘Path of Wellness’ single, ‘Worry With You‘. Path of Wellness is out Friday, 11th June.
Check out the official music video for ‘High In The Grass’ below.