THE ONESIE Drop Their 3rd Album ‘Liminal Hiss’ on August 18th


Here to hip you to a brand new release on the Kool Kat label – AUGUST 18 – “LIMINAL HISS” by ONESIE!!

Liminal Hiss” is the seductive noise that oozes into the permeable spaces we dwell in or pass through, threatening to drown out all other stimuli.  Without any ability to discern reality, our eyes dart between dreams, schemes, and screens.

The Onesie album cover

Or something like that.

On the third album from Onesie (and Kool Kat label debut), the Brooklyn-based power pop group led by guitarist/singer/songwriter Ben Haberland, the band channel doom scroll induced anxiety into their most ambitious effort yet- a dense “all singles” collection packed with pop culture references, texturally rich guitars, and a defiant bounce that is more party time than end times. 

From the Kinks stomp of opener “Perma Spring”, the band galvanize their staple influences – 60’s psych pop, 70’s power pop, and 90’s slacker rock, into a sprawling, hooky, surreally comedic culture critique that recalls the spirit of populist Brit pop era classics like Blur’s “Parklife”, Pulp’s “Different Class”, and Suede’s “Coming Up”.  Haberland’s vocals are bright and up front in the mix, while Lori Bingle adds the secret sauce on second guitar- a sweet chime here and haunting ambience there.

The dark, primal post punk of “What You Kill” (with a sugary XTC-like chorus) is uncharacteristically direct.  “Anemone In Lemonade” unleashes a swirling, layered, kaleidoscope of chords until the band pauses for what seems like a punchline: “orchestration or castration”. 

Fresh sounds crop up in imaginative ways, the result of experimentation and going for an intimate, “f*cked up basement” vibe.  Sparkling twelve strings adorn late album highlight “Let Me Guess”, a driving Wilburys-style anthem with a chorus hook sung by Bingle. 

As a genre bending catch-all project for timeless, obtuse guitar pop in the tradition of Rundgren, Malkmus, or Pollard, Onesie remains difficult to categorize.  But, for those looking for a turbocharged testament to substance in an increasingly vapid musical landscape, here comes your band.

Pre-order the album here.

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