Washington, DC psych/post-punk artist Binding Spell, aka producer and songwriter Roger Poulin, out July 30, is preparing to release his new LP, English Basement, a nine-track collection of genre-blurring post-punk that finds Poulin reflecting on himself, his relationships and the world at large from the confines of his subterranean home studio in Capitol Hill.
New Noise are proud to premiere the video for “Negative Instinct” below:
English Basement kicks off with “Negative Instinct,” a punchy post-punk track driven by percussive guitars that hypnotically draws the listener into Poulin’s world as he explores the patterns of self-destructive behavior that follow a life-changing event like divorce.
“When I started writing, I knew I wanted the record to have an arc to it,” says Poulin. “It felt like a weird time to be introspective, but I wanted to focus on, like, personal reminiscence in the context of this global apocalypse that’s happening around everyone.”
English Basement was produced by Poulin and mixed by engineer Ben Etter (Deerhunter, Hazel English, Washed Out). Written and recorded in the Spring of 2020, English Basement effectively captures the surreal repetition and loneliness of existing in isolation while the world crumbles just outside without ever directly referencing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, Poulin looks inward, processing his recent divorce & personal shortcomings stacked against the backdrop of global trauma, upheaval and anger.
Stream Binding Spell here.