Kristin Hersh releases “Soma Gone Slapstick” from forthcoming LP/book (watch the video)
Kristin Hersh is set to release her new album/book, Wyatt at Coyote Palace, in November. The first single from the album is "Soma Gone Slapstick" and Hersh offers some insight onto the title, a reference to the actual recording session (via The Quietus):
Singing is so dumb. An instrument you can't tune, that doesn't play right if you have a cold or hurt feelings. Drumming is better: goofy and falling and precise and muscular. Like a body telling a good joke. Well, it is when you do it right.
Which I refused to do. I made this drum part last all night, through a blizzard, so that I wouldn't have to walk home in the dark. Kept making (faking) mistakes so that I could keep all four limbs flying, do pretty math while pretty snow blew sideways past the window behind me. I heard Soma move through seasons: fall on the rebound, a manic spring, a cruel winter, and through places: California, Chicago, New Orleans, a protest march in Koreatown. When I finished, it was dawn, my engineer and I had coffee and I walked home through fat flakes falling down instead of sideways. Goofy + falling + precise + muscular = soma with a healthy dose of slapstick.
We have the premiere of the "Soma Gone Slapstick" video, a nice straightforward clip which was directed by Orrin Anderson and featuring photography by Anderson and Ryder James. You can watch that below.