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Samaris air their hypnotic new single "Black Lights"

06 May 2016, 09:47 | Written by Laurence Day

Samaris have revealed the title track from their new record Black Lights, which is out next month.

"Black Lights" is the second taste of their upcoming record, following glacial fusion of jungle beats and ambient synths, "Wanted 2 Say". It's a distorted offering with barking harmonies and shredded samples.

The band's Þórður Kári Steinþórsson (aka Doddi) says of the new single:

“This one was written by me and Slugs (Áslaug) in Hljóðriti, the chords are a sample of the clarinet and the arpeggiator is a sample of Jófríður’s voice. I remember we were really quick coming up with it. The demo was called ‘Nofríður’ because she wasn’t there and one of the sounds in it is me singing in a vocoder. Me and Jófríður went to Ireland and recorded a demo of the vocals the final vocal take recorded in London. The original was 15 minutes long, we could listen to the loop for hours so the arrangement was quite tricky, we had to leave a bunch of sounds and melodies out…”

Black Lights is released 10 June via One Little Indian.

Listen to "Black Lights" below. The band begin a European tour next month, including dates across the UK - find out more.

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