IAMX — Metanoia (October 2nd, 2015)
÷•» IAMX is the solo project of Chris Corner, founding member of electro/trip–hop band Sneaker Pimps. IAMX started in 2004 with the release of debut album Kiss+Swallow. Considered an underground classic, it shaped IAMX s unique Glam Noir sound. Now, Chris has put the final caresses to his sixth IAMX album. Like an electro glam soundtrack to a Jan Svankmajer film, Metanoia mixes Corner s erotically charged, dynamic vocals with fresh, intricate electronic production, melancholia, and piercing lyrics. This is music that is as brutal as it is emotional. © Saryn Christina
Formed: 2003 in London, England
Location: Los Angeles/Berlin
Genre: Dark cabaret, Electronic, Alternative, Visual
Album release: October 2nd, 2015
Recording date: 2015
Record Label: Metropolis Records
01 No Maker Made Me 4:00
02 Happiness 3:48
03 North Star (X Edit) 4:23
04 Say Hello Melancholia 4:37
05 The Background Noise 3:38
06 Insomnia 4:41
07 Look Outside 3:21
08 Oh Cruel Darkness Embrace Me 3:12
09 Aphrodisiac 4:10
10 Surrender 3:42
11 Wildest Wind 4:47
Speaking of the new album Chris says:
÷•» “I am proud and exhilarated to announce the creation of the sixth IAMX album. I’m ecstatic my musical bastard child has got this far. At the moment I am writing every day. Studio bound and immersed in experimenting with a new sound. There is a simplicity to the sound that takes me back to my earlier work. It is purely electronic. Lustful dystopian Man versus Machine. I will definitely share exclusive musical pieces along the way with those who pledge.
÷•» The content of this new record is particularly personal for me.
÷•» The last year and a half was a dark period in my life, and after a long drawn out rebirth, I have been burning to get this shit out of my head. What was a fucked up time has already become a huge creative inspiration.
÷•» My relocation from the grim grey of Berlin to the sinister sun of Los Angeles has also changed me. But you will no doubt be happy to know this hasn’t switched my love of all things bittersweet, dirty and melancholic into smile soaked surfer dude happiness. That would be a tragedy.
÷•» To make the new record a reality I ask you to be fully present and involved in the process. You are aware of our obsessive independence and once again we hope for your support in funding what, as always, is a very expensive process.”
÷•» Christopher Corner all electronics, voice
÷•» IAMX is the solo project of Chris Corner; a UK songwriter, multi instrumentalist, singer, record producer and video artist. Corner was also a founding member of the electro/trip hop band Sneaker Pimps. IAMX started life in 2004 with the release of the debut album ‘Kiss+Swallow’. Considered an underground classic it shaped the unique ‘Glam Noir’ IAMX sound and paved the way for 4 more cult albums; The Alternative, Kingdom of Welcome Addiction, Volatile Times, and The Unified Field.
÷•» The creation of this new record, called Metanoia, was initially overshadowed by a big change in Chris’ life.
÷•» “There was a point when I believed I would never make another record,” explains Chris, concerning IAMX’s sudden break from recording and touring a few years ago due to chronic insomnia. “I associated my career with everything that was hurting me, but slowly I managed to filter out the poison and get back to what I really love.”
÷•» ‘Happiness’ is the first track released from the album ‘Metanoia’, but it also marks a geographical shift for Corner, who left the dark and oppressive streets of Berlin for the sunnier, temperate climes of Los Angeles to seek inspiration and escape. “Berlin was a playground that gave me room and confidence to pursue IAMX fearlessly,” he says. “In some ways, it made me self–indulgent, which I don’t regret, but I also fell into a dark hole in Berlin. I found myself always making music in the deep winter. I felt totally alone in my work — burnt out and afraid of the future.” Thankfully, Los Angeles provided an antidote… a change of environment that afforded him the ability to continue with IAMX. “Being in LA gives me a wider, more adult perspective on my life and my work. I feel more grown–up here.” A gorgeous intersection of electronics and Corner’s fragile yet commanding voice, ‘Happiness’ is trademark IAMX but jacked up with a fresh sense of urgency. “It feels purer in concept and execution. My intention was to go back to one man, one machine — all electronic and self–contained,” He explains. “I limited my sound to drum machines, a few synthesizers and piano samples. It helped me get back to the essence of IAMX and made the recording process much easier, giving me room to focus on the vocal performance and the message.”
÷•» Chris has now put the final caresses to his upcoming sixth IAMX album. “I am proud and exhilarated to announce the creation of the new album, and ecstatic my musical bastard child has got this far. There is a simplicity to the sound that takes me back to my earlier work. It is purely electronic, lustful dystopian Man versus Machine.”
÷•» Like an electro glam soundtrack to a Jan Svankmajer film, IAMX — Metanoia mixes Corner’s erotically charged dynamic vocals with fresh intricate electronic production, melancholia and piercing lyrics. Music that is as brutal as it is emotional.
÷•» “There was a point when I believed I would never make another record,” explains Chris Corner, concerning his band IAMX’s sudden break from recording a few years ago due to chronic insomnia. “I associated my career with everything that was hurting me, but slowly I managed to filter out the poison and get back to what I really love.” Preparing for the release of his first new material since 2013’s The Unified Field.
÷•» A gorgeous intersection of electronics and Corner's fragile yet commanding voice, “Happiness” is trademark IAMX but jacked up with a fresh sense of urgency.
÷•» Like most IAMX songs, “Happiness” thematically struggles with purity amidst corruption. “Corruption and hypocrisy is everywhere. It tears our world apart,” he continues. “I can’t look at the news anymore. It makes my blood boil and my soul weep to see so much horror and disgusting abuse, so much ignorance and mind control. What a bizarre contradiction we are. All we want is to be loved… the burning irony of our existence.”
÷•» Included with the single is a minimal and powerful remix by icon Gary Numan. “I love the remix and I love him,” he says of his friend and peer. “It takes balls to strip a song down to the bare bones and ride with it. This brooding minimal approach is a great contrast to the original — fully complimentary and wonderful remix.”
METANOIA TOUR 2015
• Oct. 06 — Constellation Room, Costa Mesa, CA
• Oct. 07 — The Casbah, San Diego, CA
• Oct. 09 — Fonda Theater, Los Angeles, CA
• Oct. 10 — Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
• Oct. 12 — Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
• Oct. 13 — Neumo’s, Seattle, WA
• Oct. 16 — Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
• Oct. 17 — Marquis Theater, Denver, CO
• Oct. 19 — Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN
• Oct. 20 — Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
• Oct. 22 — The Shelter, Detroit, MI
• Oct. 23 — Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON, Canada
• Oct. 24 — Virgin Mobile Corona Theater, Montreal, QC, Canada
• Oct. 26 — Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
• Oct. 27 — Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
• Oct. 28 — U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
• Oct. 30 — Webster Hall, New York, NY