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Introducing… Macula Dog

Carnival anxiety for the manic and absurd to create the strangest hypnosis you'll hear this year.

Experimental electronica duo Macula Dog have announced their new album “Orange 2” and to celebrate they’ve released a wonderfully chaotic single and music video. “Neosporin” sounds like a warped fever dream I would have expected on my Commodore 64. It has comedically clunky chord stabs, twisted synths that are detuned and game over style cascades of grizzly old chipsets. Then over the top we have a distorted vocoded vocal that sounds like an alien that’s had too much for dinner and needs the loo. It is gloriously odd and when I first heard it I beamed, said aloud to myself “this is nuts” and hit replay! The song is hypnotic in a confused and dazed way.

Interestingly, Macula Dog sounded conflicted about their new album. “We wanted to make a ‘proper’ record — with 12 pop songs, a distinct, great lead singer, and music you could dance to. Instead, we have 10 songs with a singer you can’t understand. We really thought we had made our most accessible album yet until we sat down and listened to the whole thing. This album is a huge failure but may be our best work.”

The absurdity continues with the weird music video featuring constant bouncing and a poor guy trying to enjoy himself in a play centre. If anyone enjoys chiptune, experimental synthpop or odd music that doesn’t take itself seriously, give Macula Dog a try. “Neosporin” is out now and you can enjoy the music video below. “Orange 2” is out on the 7th of October and is available for pre-order now.

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