Lid Emba’s latest single, “One Less Philistine,” is the audio equivalent to blue balls. For the first couple of minutes, it’s nothing more than one abrasive blast of static-y noise after another—a grating yet strangely alluring fit of mechanicalized seething and mounting tension. Everything about it leads you to assume that an eruption is imminent, that some massive soundscape is about to unfurl before you (or at the very least some semblance of a groove). You keep waiting for that rush of release, but it never arrives. As an experimental electronic document, it’s certainly in keeping with the Lid Emba’s canon, but you can’t help feeling the track should’ve led to something much greater. Listen to it below.
“One Less Philistine” is the third single from Lid Emba’s latest LP, Terminal Muse: Yellow, released in February via Stickfigure Recordings. It is available as a free download for only a limited time, so make sure to grab it while you can.