Algiers Enlist Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring and Boy Harsher’s Jae Matthews for New Song ‘I Can’t Stand It!’

    Algiers have shared the new single ‘I Can’t Stand It!’, which features Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring and Boy Harsher’s Jae Matthews. The track, lifted from their upcoming album SHOOK, also samples Lee Moses’ 1971 song ‘What You Don’t Want Me To Be’. Check it out below.

    ‘I Can’t Stand It!’ was written and produced by frontman Franklin James Fisher, who explained in a statement: “It’s a very personal song about a devastating loss of someone I believed to be the love of my life which nearly ended in my suicide. I think the song’s narrative arc reflects the sense of dread and the path that led me to that moment. She put on ‘What You Don’t Want Me To Be’ the first time I heard it and I knew immediately that I was going to sample it—I just couldn’t have known the result would be a song about our own end. But every time I sing that song now it feels like I heal a little bit more.”

    Jae Matthews added: “I wanted to give Algiers not so much a narrative, but a recollection of a feeling. That abstract evocation that comes when you think about someone who broke yr heart and how that pain still tethers you.”

    SHOOK is slated for release on February 24 via Matador. It includes the previously shared songs ‘Bite Back’ featuring billy woods and Backxwash and ‘Irreversible Damage’ with Zack de la Rocha.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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