Ahead of their newest album ‘Slow Violence’ which hits the airwaves on the 7th of April 2023, electronic NYC trio Occurrence present ‘Heels over Head’. This track, which itself immerged back in December, is an energetic and uplifting song that will be sure to have attention turned to the upcoming double album.
Featuring Kip Berman (of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and The Natvral) on guitar, this one instantly imposes positive keys on its listeners. There’s something joyous and fairground like in the swirling chords. This, paired with a light vocal presents a constantly buoyant track.
In break downs and pre-chorus sections, deeply charged notes pulse on. These are a welcome throwback to early 2010’s electronic indie pop. The staggered, overlapped backing vocal with a gain driven guitar strikes reminiscence with early The 1975 or even CHVRCHES.
This track sits nicely within a hotly anticipated arsenal the group are ready to fire out. Ahead of the new double barrelled 22-track release, Occurrence spoke about their work. The electronic trio dug deep for the new double album, says composer Ken Urban: “We wanted to make a grand statement,” he says, “to be more expansive, to fully reflect our collective experiences, traumatic and ecstatic, over the past two years.”
Co-vocalist Cat Hollyer: “This is a hard album for us to listen to because we were so vulnerable in the lyrics, talking about stuff that we normally never do - whether it’s pain or failure or joy or sex. As we three have become closer, our lyrics have come to reflect that closeness.”
Occurrence doesn’t get to tour very much, but the band have plans to help the album exist in the outside world, including a photo book made by their friend and photographer Brian Truglio and a dance-theatre piece that will take place at MIT in April 2023 to coincide with the album’s release. The show is a collaboration with MIT students and choreographer/director Dan Safer of Witness Relocation, a NYC theatre company dedicated to “combining dance and theatre with the energy of a rock show.”
Reminder: ‘Slow Violence’ is out on the 7th of April on streaming platforms and on physical formats.