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Garbage releases energetic, broody new single 'Empty'

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Joseph Cultice

Garbage is back. On Wednesday, the alternative rock band released “Empty,” the lead single from their sixth studio album Strange Little Birds.

In ‘Empty,” lead singer Shirley Manson pines for a distant lover over noisy guitars and synths. That languish erupts into energetic syncopation for the chorus.

Aside from stand-alone singles that the band has released for Record Store Days in recent years, “Empty” is Garbage’s first proper single since 2012, the release year of their last studio album, Not Your Kind of People.

Strange Little Birds will be released on June 10. Later this week, Garbage will announce a string of North American dates to extend their world tour, which will begin next month in France. Listen to “Empty” below.

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