Enigmatic audio/visual duo friendships have returned to the fold with their first piece of new music in four years, sharing the eclectic new single “MLG_recovery patch”.
Beginning with a somber piano soundscape, the track soon warps and shifts, with a dark, pulsing industrial sound coming to the forefront and transforming into something wholly different via Nic Brown’s inimitable songwriting. Meanwhile, the accompanying video showcases Misha Grace’s visual art, with dark visuals morphing, glitching, and looping back on one another.
The new single marks the first new single from the group since the release of their critically-acclaimed debut album, Nullarbor 1988-1989 in 2016. In addition to rave reviews from community radio, the record took out Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album at the 2017 AIR Awards, and resulted in tours with Erykah Badu and Thundercat.
Unfortunately, the pair quietly went their seperate ways at the end of 2017, before a chance meeting at a mutual friend’s house eight months later reignited conversation. The preceding time had seen the pair decide to create art for themselves, rather than each other, but when Grace shared her visual work with Brown, their creations were perfectly complementary.
Since this time, the pair have again been working closely together, with live shows occurring regularly up until earlier this year. Back in June, friendships also shared a remix of their track “Purebred Dogs”, which had been debuted during their live shows in 2016.
There’s currently no word as to whether “MLG_recovery patch” will serve as a taste of a new record from the duo, but either way, it’s a welcome return from the acclaimed duo.
friendships’ “MLG_recovery patch” is available for streaming and download now.