Netherlands based atmospheric black metal band AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN have today shared a new single, I see you… but never clearly. I see you… but never clearly is the second track to be taken from the band’s forthcoming tenth studio album, Closure, which is due for release via Prosthetic Records on August 4.
Speaking on the single release, MCHL (guitars, vocals, keys) comments: “I see you… but never clearly is about inter-human connections not working properly and the consequences of the disconnection that can occur with interpersonal relationships.
“It’s about the distorted perception of another person and also about the distorted projections and expressions that can come with that. This distortion can be caused by trauma, fear, shyness, it’s about things that could have been but were doomed to fail from the very start.”
In the fifteen years since their 2008 inception AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN have become a staple act in both black metal and shoegaze circles, delivering hauntingly evocative missives of introspective, yearning and sorrow alike. On Closure, the Dutch band continues to push the sonic template of their disparate influences to its limits, resulting in a sound that nurtures their ethereal sensibilities as much as their wall of sound approach to the genre’s more extreme inclinations.
Recorded by the band between September 2021 and May 2022 in the Netherlands, Closure’s production spotlights the trio’s complex melodies with an accomplished sheen without compromising on the staple lo-fi elements of AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN’s foundational intensity.
On their latest full-length, AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN’s well trodden themes of loss, love, and self-actualisation continue to be expanded on in depth with an all too human ache permeating throughout. Well over a decade into their existence, primary songwriter MCHL’s vessel for melancholia and catharsis remains as poignant and vital to the modern atmospheric black metal canon as ever.
2. I see you… but never clearly
3. Where pain begins
4. This feels like dying
5. As the void
7. For tomorrow
8. Unable to feel you
10. Here comes sorrow