Art Vs Science have returned with their third single for the year – a shimmery, dancefloor-ready number titled ‘I Saw You’ – alongside the news of their third studio album.
Though it sports ultra-tight production and a soundscape largely carried by synths, the band endeavoured to bring a raw, DIY-esque energy to ‘I Saw You’. In a press release, the band explained that like much of their new album, the song was “tracked at [keyboardist Dan McNamee’s] parents’ old place in Dural, in a sweaty hotbox near the attic, using a handful of microphones and a bucketload of vibe”.
Have a listen to ‘I Saw You’ below:
Art Vs Science’s forthcoming third album is called ‘Big Overdrive’, and will be released independently on August 5. It comes as their first longform effort in seven years, following the October 2015 release of ‘Off The Edge Of The Earth And Into Forever, Forever’. The album’s tracklisting – which is yet to be revealed – was pulled together from a multitude of sessions that took place between 2012 and earlier this year.
The band explained in a statement: “In the course of selecting the music for this long-awaited album, some of these rare sessions were uncovered, and the joy and fun embedded within were plain to hear. Of course, lots of love and expertise came from actual outside experts such as Kim Moyes (of The Presets), Alex Gooden, Sam Ford, Joe La Porta and Guy Davies.”
In addition to ‘I Saw You’, the album will feature previous singles ‘Dance’, ‘Monkey’, ‘Centaur’ and ‘Sweat’.
Art Vs Science described ‘Big Overdrive’ as “a celebration of jamming and making music which is fun, different and experimental”. They continued: “It’s a collection of tracks written over most of the band’s lifespan, with an emphasis on songs which we think are beautiful in their weirdness. The themes of the songs span love, loss, exuberance, life, death and passion. And dancing.”
Following the album’s release, Art Vs Science will perform at the Caloundra Music Festival – taking place along Kings Beach on the Sunshine Coast – on Friday September 30, and at the McLaren Vale iteration of Wine Machine on Saturday December 17.
Check out the cover art for ‘Big Overdrive’ below, and find pre-orders here.