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Algiers link with Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring and Jae Matthews on new song "I Can't Stand It!"

19 January 2023, 15:08 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Algiers have shared "I Can't Stand It!" featuring Samuel T. Herring and Jae Matthews, the third outing from their upcoming album SHOOK.

"I Can't Stand It!" will appear on SHOOK with last year's "Irreversible Damage" and "Bite Back" singles, and was written and produced by bandleader Franklin James Fisher. The track samples Lee Moses' 1971 song "What You Don’t Want Me To Be".

Fisher says of the song, "It’s a very personal song about a devastating loss of someone I believed to be the love of my life which nearly ended in my suicide. I think the song’s narrative arc reflects the sense of dread and the path that led me to that moment. She put on "What You Don’t Want Me To Be" the first time I heard it and I knew immediately that I was going to sample it - I just couldn’t have known the result would be a song about our own end. But every time I sing that song now it feels like I heal a little bit more."

Jae Matthews says of her contribution, "I wanted to give Algiers not so much a narrative, but a recollection of a feeling. That abstract evocation that comes when you think about someone who broke yr heart and how that pain still tethers you."

SHOOK will follow Algiers' 2020 album There Is No Year, and will also feature appearances from Big Rube, LaToya Kent, Nadah El Shazly, DeForrest Brown Jr., Patrick Shiroishi, Lee Bains III and Mark Cisneros.

"I Can't Stand It!" featuring Samuel T. Herring and Jae Matthews is out now. Algiers will release their SHOOK album on 24 February via Matador, and is available to pre-order now.

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