Experimental darkwave duo Now After Nothing, who hail from Atlanta, GA, release a new, psychedelic single called “Fixation Fantasy.” The trance-inducing soundscape is the latest creation from frontman Matt Spatial and drummer Michael Allen. Drawing from a broad expanse of musical influences such as The Cure, Sonic Youth, and Nine Inch Nails, Fixation Fantasy is driven by gnarly, distorted bass swathed with sci-fi guitar chords that convey the emotional density of the song’s dark lyrical underbelly.  This is a dirge about that liminal space of grief and relief following a dangerous situation – and the loss of Self in a horrible mismatch of personalities. While every relationship has its good and bad, Fixation Fantasy muses upon obsession, suppression, and controlling behaviour.

But with that sadness, comes the expansive nature of hope.

“The sonic atmosphere of the song is like one giant burning star of continuous combustion,” says Spatial. “It feels equal parts uneasy and harmonious happening all at once. It is warm meets cold, pain meets pleasure, and captures the exact story of the song’s lyrical content: a tale of the worst psychologically abusive relationship. It is about the struggle to break free and reclaim one’s self/identity in the aftermath as told from all three sides of the story.”

Fixation Fantasy is a seductive, introspective, and mesmerizing goth track: Spatial intricately weaves social, political, and personal narratives within the instrumentals to add depth and darkness that resonates with lost and misunderstood souls.

Listen below:

The track was mixed by Carl Glanville (U2, Joan Jett) and mastered by John Davis (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds).

The band is poised to announce a new upcoming EP that was fully written and recorded by Matt Spatial alongside drummer Michael Allen. They are also gearing up for their first upcoming live performances in 2023.

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