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Psych rockers White Hills take a radically dark turn with 'No Will'

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Chris Carlone

New York duo White Hills has been a favorite of psych rock revivalists for years, thanks to a sound that brought Hawkwind-style blissed-out cosmic sprawl down to an intimate scale. Their next album, Walks for Motorists (produced by David Wrench, who’s worked previously with FKA Twigs and Caribou), was the first one they recorded outside New York City, and the temporary move to the Welsh countryside seems to have had the opposite of the effect you might suspect the pastoral scenery would have.

Perhaps inspired by their work on Jim Jarmusch’s vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive—for which the director personally recruited them—their new single, “No Will” is a taut bit of gothic post-punk that sounds a lot like prime-era Bauhaus, taking the pair’s trip to an intriguing dark side.

Walks for Motorists is out in April on Thrill Jockey.