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Squid share new single "Undergrowth" alongside a video game

18 April 2023, 18:42 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Following on from "Swing (In A Dream)" – which was added to the A-List at BBC 6 Music – Squid announce "Undergrowth", the second single from their forthcoming album O Monolith

Vocalist and drummer Ollie Judge says of the song's lyrics: “I really got into animism, the idea that spirits can live in inanimate objects. I was watching Twin Peaks, and there was the episode where Josie Packard’s spirit goes into a chest of drawers. So "Undergrowth" was written from the perspective of me being reincarnated as a bedside table in the afterlife, and how the thought of being reincarnated as an inanimate object would be dreadful... Even though I’m in no way religious I don’t think anyone who isn’t religious is confident enough to not have had the fleeting thought of ‘Fuck, what if there is an afterlife? What if I’m going to Hell?’”

Alongside "Undergrowth", Squid have shared a visualiser directed by guitarist Louis Borlase.

Squid have also released a video game inspired by “Undergrowth” made by Frank Force, which is described as the bastardized love child of Super Mario and Space Invaders, with an English Folklore twist. Force says: "Imagine the game itself as an interactive music video where gameplay and animation is synched up to the music and changes as the song progresses, moving into different phases".

O Monolith is out 9 June via Warp Records

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