Post-punk project Peeling return with darkly poetic new single Ego Death and announce debut album release, ‘Worshipper’. Ego Death is a reflection on self-importance that backs songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Anna Timoshenko’s hazy vocals against a swirling wall of textural feedback and the crisp drum beat of Michael Wallace (Preoccupations). The Ego Death single is accompanied by a whimsical visual that highlights the song’s lesson to not take oneself too seriously. Timoshenko explains, “There are way more crucial things to care about in the world than what people think of you. It’s a reminder not to let your pride or the fear of ridicule get in the way”. Watch the video clip via YouTube below.
Ego Death is a fittingly thoughtful prelude to ‘Worshipper,’ which is Peeling’s first release since the 2017 EP, ‘7 Years Of Blood’ (Buzz Records).
While Timoshenko has always been the songwriter behind Peeling, in the time between these releases the cast of musicians involved has undergone a notable transition from a collaborative effort between Toronto scene veterans Jimmy Tony Billy (Dilly Dally), Denholm Whale (Odonis Odonis), and Alejandro Cairncross (Golden Dogs) into a vehicle driven exclusively by Timoshenko. The impetus for this shift is found in Timoshenko’s deepening exploration of music production and time spent away from her hometown. While traveling in recent years, she began to experiment with a mobile recording setup and ‘Worshipper’ began to take shape as a solo project. By continuing to pull from a broad range of influences that run from krautrock to no wave, this new incarnation of Peeling remains faithfully tied to it’s back catalogue by what Timoshenko describes as her “affinity for melodic noisy pop”.
‘Worshipper’ is due out on November 27th and will be the first release via Labyrinth Records, a label recently founded by Timoshenko. She explains “Labyrinth is a new outlet for creativity, self-expression and collaboration. My goal for starting a label is to bring together the DIY artists I love who are confronting the norm and challenging music industry standards. I want to help rebuild a sense of community among underground musicians & music fans that have been hard hit recently, especially with the abrupt halting of live shows and touring. Most importantly, no rapists, no racists and no fascists allowed.”
Limited edition translucent milk glass vinyl pressings of ‘Worshipper’ are now available to pre-order, here.