Taken From Forthcoming Album ‘The Way Things Fall’ Out 13th May on Ghostly International
ADULT. play the UK and Europe in mid May
“Grim, stripped-bare techno, razor-sharp synth-pop, and snarling electro-punk…It’s terrifically conceived and even more terrifically crafted, the sort of record so perfect in its own aims that parsing out influences or agendas seems a fool’s game. These tracks, this duo, this entity that is Adult.: they’re a great and interesting thing, this nation’s best inducers of head-banging, high-speed driving, amazed chuckles, and giddy bedroom shout.” Pitchfork
Seminal Detroit electronic duo ADULT. have returned with their fifth album, ‘The Way Things Fall’, set for release on 13th May on Ghostly International in the UK and Europe. And one month ahead of the release, they have a new single, ‘Tonight, We Fall’ as premiered on The Fader last Friday.
Stream ‘Tonight, We Fall’, described by The Fader as “infectious [and] deftly textural”, here:
‘Tonight We Fall’ is a beating electronic track with glowing, reverberating synths and a characteristic gothic edge from Nicola Kuperus’ compelling vocals. It’s a perfect complement to first single ‘Idle (Second Thoughts)’, described by Bullett as the epitome of the intersection between “electronic elements with a sharper punk edge…it’s a living, breathing concoction of analog instrumentation and electronic aesthetic, with a minimal diffidence that pushes and pulls.”
Listen to ‘Idle (Second Thoughts)’:
The duo are also bringing their memorable live show to select UK and European cities in May, including London’s XOYO on the 15th May. Full details are below.
About ‘The Way Things Fall’:
“A good friend of ours said after hearing an advance copy of this record that ADULT. used to sit on the sidelines and critique the idiosyncrasies of culture, but now we are on the inside, sending our message out.” So says Adam Lee Miller of ‘The Way Things Fall’, ADULT.’s fifth album and a record that genuinely deserves the oft-abused music industry epithet “long-awaited.” Miller pauses before adding wryly, “We agree.” ‘The Way Things Fall’ is an album that looked like it might never happen, because since the release of Miller and his partner Nicola Kuperus’ last record — 2007’s ‘Why Bother?’ — the duo have been largely absent from the world of music. “After a long world tour, we totally burnt out,” Miller relates. “We decided we wanted to do something completely different.” That something was a trilogy of films entitled the ‘Three Grace(s)’ triptych, completed in 2010, along with a variety of other pursuits, including managing a major commercial building renovation and working on their visual art projects.
When Miller and Kuperus re-entered the studio in 2012, there was no intention of making another album — they planned to record a 12″ containing two new songs they’d written in 2012 for their return to live performance at the Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art. But it turned out that the time away from music had recharged ADULT.’s batteries, and then some. “We were apparently a dam that was ready to break,” says Kuperus. “We were writing frantically, as if in a frenzy.”
Watch the trailer for ‘The Way Things Fall’:
“Itchy gothic synthcore…Detroit’s eeriest, scariest, plain witchiest couple…Compressing the sound of gothic cathedral symphonics into the frame of a stuttering, cobwebbed Casio, Millar ratchets up the disco glitch into a ferociously minimal, hyper-tense techno rush.” NME
“Sterile, synth-soaked productions.” XLR8R
“Like snorting Paxil-laced Adderall off a Fad Gadget lithograph, Adult. is cathartic cabaret for the sketched out…The gnarled vignettes aim to alienate, which only further endears core fans, whether electro heads, electroclash survivors or no-wave fetishists.” URB
The result is a record that sounds both focused and coherent, flowing with a conceptual ease. “[The album] flowed efficiently and agreeably for us,” says Miller. “We have never worked better together. We believe this is because we exorcised all of our demons through our past records, we have no baggage, we started anew. We left behind the self-conscious adolescents.” And indeed, ADULT. have never sounded so self-assured, so poised, and so vital.
The songs are some of the most memorable the band have recorded — Miller describes them as “the closest we have to come to writing traditional ‘pop’ songs, even though we know they are totally mutants,” and he’s right on both fronts. From the whiplash synth lines of the opening ‘Heartbreak’ to the ship’s bell sample that closes the record, the songs are full of the sort of memorably twisted melodies we’ve come to expect from the band. Analogue sounds predominate, and notably, there’s no bass guitar at all: “This wasn’t a conscious decision, but something realized at the end of the process.”
The lyrics address issues that Kuperus describes as “personal and universal,” illustrating themes of relationship-related fear and doubt with striking and occasionally surrealist imagery — ‘Nothing Lasts’ finds Kuperus claiming “I can see in to your mouth/ Down into your throat/ Straight to your heart/ Tears me apart”, while the sombre ‘A Day Like Forever’ deploys images of time stretching and disappearing, and ‘Tonight, We Fall’ describes feelings as tangible objects that “stick to you, stick to me.” The contrast between the reflective lyricism and the squelching analogue synth textures they inhabit creates music that’s both deeply heartfelt and viscerally thrilling, something that’s been a constant feature of ADULT.’s work over the years.
‘The Way Things Fall’ tracklisting:
‘Idle (Second Thoughts)’
‘Tonight We Fall’
‘At The End Of It All’
‘A Day Like Forever’
‘We Will Rest’
‘Rise & Fall’
ADULT. live dates