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Strange Flesh defy societal standards in experimental single & video ‘Very’

British/American duo Strange Flesh, previously known as The Casual Sexists, have returned with their brand new single and video ‘Very’ via House Of Zed.

‘Very’ was built from drums and voice upwards. Varrick, in her trademark sprechgesang style, freestyled many of the lyrics over ‘Very’’s robotic beat. The track includes birdsong, the pop of cans opening, and the gurgle of Varrick and Ed’s kitchen sink, maintaining the avant-pop couple’s knack of incorporating rogue sound palate’s into their artistry. Inspired by the likes of COBRAH, Coucou Chloe, Pet Shop Boys and Shygirl, Strange Flesh maintain that the single highlights their gleeful defiance of societal standards and the pressure to achieve.

Speaking of their new single, the duo explained: “Taking aim at societal standards as to how a life ‘ought’ to be lived, ‘Very’ is the anthem of a woman on her own deliciously precarious path: the soundtrack to beloved but ill-paying employment, discount decadence, no children, and a healthy disregard for the future.”

The accompanying music video, directed by London’s Jonathan Bower, eschews a live action narrative this time around in favour of a more abstract motif. Strange Flesh wanted a visual that reflected the chaotic yet propulsive inner landscape of ‘Very’’s protagonist.

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