Forma return to this galaxy (and to Kranky) for a fourth full-length album, share interstellar new track

Forma return to this galaxy (and to Kranky) for a fourth full-length album, share interstellar new track
Forma posing somewhere outside the solar system (Photo: Lena Shkoda)

Forma is a band in the word’s truest sense. A band of players, a band of adventurers, and a continuous circuit of material that loops around and around and around. They go out into the universe to collect information, then return to us here in this galaxy to relay that in so many choruses of notes. (I think at least half of that is true.)

Following 2016’s Physicalist, the Brooklyn trio is gracing our atmosphere this time around the sun with Semblance, their fourth full-length album and second for the Chicago-based Kranky.

The band has illustrated their intent for this record “to be more direct and exacting,” inspired by their recent work in the ensemble of one Jon Gibson. Though they’ve always taken heavy hints from the kosmische school, the record’s first single sounds, yes, more direct indeed. Like Paul Lansky’s alarm clock, the track hurls together ostinatos of synthesizer, voice, instrument, and sample alike. Polyrhythmic and electro-acoustic, Forma are on top of their game.

Stream “Three-Two” down below and pre-order Semblance over at the band’s Bandcamp. Welcome back to Earth, boys! What’s changed around here since you left, you ask? Uhh. Why don’t you go ahead and take a seat for this…

Semblance by Forma
Semblance cover art by Peter Burr

Semblance tracklisting:

01. Crossings
02. Ostinato
03. Three-Two
04. Rebreather
05. Cut-Up
06. New City
07. Ascent

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