“39000 Hours” is the second release (following Golden Gate Way, in September) from the Fall of Manhattan’s ambitious work in progress National Steel. Segueing from Sumac-inspired blasts of guitar noise into beats that wouldn’t sound out of place in a James Blake track — and covering an even wilder and more varied range of sonic landscapes from there — it’s a stirring, ultimately anthemic song about staying human amid the chaos of the last four years, in the form of a dialogue between a father and his four-year-old son.
You can check out our premiere of the video for The Fall of Manhattan’s “39000 Hours” below:
The Fall of Manhattan describes their forthcoming album National Steel, as “trace[ing] life in the US under the Trump regime through the experience of raising a child in these turbulent times and living in California, on the precipice of the various social, political, economic, and ecological collapse that are now coming to pass.”
On the song that we are premiering today, The Fall of Manhattan had the following to say:
“This song is a promise not just to my kid, but to the world. If there’s anything recent days are telling us, it’s that we — most especially white Americans — have to work a whole lot harder to do a whole lot better for a lot of people who are suffering and dying to keep the engines of capitalism and white supremacy grinding on. I sincerely hope we’re up to the task.”