Psych-Rock / Rock / Surf

Hot Garbage – Mystery

by Louise Jaunet

There are many optical illusions that we encounter on a daily basis without being identified as such. The perception of these kinds of impossible objects follows an unusual path and the person who perceives it is aware that something is happening in their brain, to the point of creating a new aesthetic of the world in their mind.To help launch its second album Precious Dream to be released on 19 January 2024 via Mothland and Exag’ Records, the quartet from Toronto Hot Garbage has just released the second single “Mystery,” a cathartic and powerful psychedelic track that echoes the garage beginnings of Osees or the spooky songs of Frankie and the Witch Fingers, and plays with this concept.

Produced by Graham Walsh (METZ, Preoccupations, Holy Fuck, !!!), this new track recalls the fuzzed-out riffs of A Place To Bury Strangers or the twisted, nightmarish surf rock accents of The Cramps. For anyone familiar with the band’s catalogue, Hot Garbage opens the doors to a whole new world, revealing part of the extremely complicated operation we call “seeing.” 

Directed by Nika Belianina and Michael Goodin, the Lynchian video is constructed as a strange, oniric and absurd stroll through a funhouse where we meet a stellar fairy, a crazy penguin, and a diabolical deer, like a sort of construction of three people wrapped into one. You’re probably going to be skeptical, nobody can build a personality of that kind … could that mean that the mind of a human being is an impossible object? It remains a mystery.

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