Northlane releases ‘Echo Chamber’ from upcoming album ‘Obsidian’

Australia’s Northlane has revealed its new single “Echo Chamber,” lifted from its forthcoming sixth album, “Obsidian,” set for release on April 1, 2022, via Believe. Pre-order the album here.

“Echo Chamber” is a fully immersive futuristic matrix rave built around a compulsive beat that marries their signature bottom-heavy groove with dark electronic and techno. Lyrically, “Echo Chamber” looks at the toxic polarization of social media, landing at a timely moment in history with whistleblowers confirming algorithms are deliberately amplifying angry content that is tearing societies apart in the name of engagement. “Echo Chamber” is a critical reminder to log off.

“It’s hard to be on the internet without seeing people get continuously angry about something,” frontman Marcus Bridge said. “We’re addicted to having a hot take about nothing and it’s quite exhausting. At the same time, I shouldn’t let it bother me that much but it’s like a ringing in my ears after a while, so I’m praying I go deaf.”

Self-recorded and self-produced with the help of their longtime collaborator Chris Blancato, the sound Northlane have been working towards over the span of their career has been fully realised on “Obsidian.” Sonically spanning the gamut of their entire discography, Northlane’s trademark heavy comfortably coexists with techno, drum and bass, intriguing synths, perplexing time signatures and widescreen choruses.

Earlier this year, Northlane gave a preview of the album via “Clockwork,” a frantic and pulsating fever dream that served as an insight into the mind of a musician forced to be creative after a devastating year and the toll it took on him. Throughout “Obsidian,” Bridge chronicles his despair at the state of the world whilst also trying to pick up the pieces and move forward with his own life after sharing his harrowing life story on the 2019 album “Alien.” It’s bleak, but that’s the point. 

The release of “Obsidian” will mark an important milestone for Northlane as the band’s first self-released record. Forging ahead as a wholly independent entity, Northlane has shunned machinations of the music industry to take complete control of its career. The band recently took another step forward by launching its WORLDEATERS Patreon, with the top tier selling out in just 24 hours.

“Obsidian” track listing:

“Echo Chamber”
“Is This a Test?”
“Dark Solitaire”

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