Manchester-based artist Brendan Williams has unveiled "I'm The Form In The Way", his debut single as Makemake.
Williams is a man of many talents - not only is he flying under his Makemake banner, but he's a producer who's worked with the likes of Dutch Uncles and Kiran Leonard, and he co-founded Low Four Studios (on the former Granada Studios site in Manchester) and set up Low Four Records.
This first outing as Makemake is an assured lurch forwards. It's a busy cut, with spidery basslines and oil slick electronics, drum glimmers, smoky wisps of guitar, and duelling vocals all scrambling for the spotlight, ducking in and out of frame seemingly on a whim. Williams takes no baby steps or tentative touches into the world of art pop, lunging headfirst into the vortex of sound - if it sounds like he's been at this a while, it's because he has.
"I’ve been making this record between the cracks whilst producing other bands over the last few years," explinas Williams. "The people I was recording began to influence my own music as we shared ideas, so I guess it was natural that some of them would become collaborators. The individual tracks started out purely as an escape, I wasn’t making them for anyone apart from me. There’s been no constraints really, I’ve not had to think about budgets or deadlines."
Everything Everything drummer Michael Spearman, Dutch Uncles bassist Robin Richards, and vocalist Amalie Briden contribute to the track.