January has come to an end, and DEEP CROSS‘s “For Janus” is the perfect sonic vehicle for the last of the first era of 2023. Every year, I hope we as a species will do better for each other. I try not to let the fact that some people wake up and choose malice get me down. “We are all here to die so we might as well try to make this place easier for each other,” says Deep Cross, and I think that’s a sentiment that I was born with. Morbid curiosity and optimism. And I have to thank them for creating music that does make things easier for me — and hopefully for you, too. They bring an industrial intensity to throbbing post punk melodies and it feels cathartic to me as I listen to it. Somehow, their music reminds me that although I wake into a harsh world, life is life, and there’s an underlying beauty to it that I need to always see and amplify. They’ve got a new album called Royal Water coming out via Roman Numeral Records and Somatic Records on March 17th — get it here. Today we’re happy to be premiering their single “For Janus” below…I hope this video gives you five minutes of ease, and that you pass it on to someone else.
With Royal Water we found ourselves at a point where we kept wanting to explore areas of post-punk and industrial, music that is rhythmic, while also experimenting with detached segments of tape loops and rich, adventurous sample usage. We wanted this record to be amutated animal in that sense.Deep Cross
Conceptually, Royal Water is not a dark album per se. It deals with ideas of what hope looks like in action, what sacrifices come with growing/changing, the things we confront when we want to change ourselves, and the growing that stems from it. The end point to it is that we are all here to die so we might as well try to make this place easier for each other.