The final time we heard from Shehzaad Jiwani was in 2016 upon the arrival of his band Greys’ new album Warm Shadow, a sister launch to their sophomore outing Outer Heaven. Warm Shadow discovered the Toronto punk outfit — a Stereogum Band To Watch from approach again in 2012 — increasing their horizons, experimenting with sound collages and pushing their music into blearier and extra summary kinds. Now, Jiwani’s again with a brand new venture known as Golden Drag, and he’s departed even farther from the aggressive roots of Greys.
Jiwani’s unveiled Golden Drag with a debut standalone single, amusingly entitled “Aphex Jim.” Don’t be fooled by the truth that “Golden Drag” falls on a really totally different level within the coloration spectrum than Jiwani’s different band: “Aphex Jim” is a tune that exists in washed-out greyscale electronics, like Jiwani’s indulging a love of Britpop’s heroin part. Or, it’s a haze of the extra medicinal selection, trendy ennui and capsule fog — “Eat a five-star meal/ For aesthetic appeal,” Jiwani quips with narcotized despondence.
The stylistic distance from Greys is rooted in a songwriting problem Jiwani gave himself because the genesis of Golden Drag: to put in writing “short, economical tunes and deconstruct them in the studio,” with “Aphex Jim” particularly being his try at writing with out guitar or stay drums. The ambiance of the composition captures its themes properly. “The song’s unchanging pulse evokes that claustrophobic lurch you feel when you’ve spent too much time staring at your phone on public transit,” Jiwani says. “Just some everyday lighthearted stuff!” Check it out beneath.
“Aphex Jim” is out now by way of Buzz Records. Listen right here.