Ade Releases ‘Junk In Orbit’ EP, Shares Mind-altering “Ambivert” Video
DIY auteur Ade has just released the three song Junk In Orbit EP, a tightly wound collection of hook-saturated power pop that navigates a meticulously constructed latticework of earworm melodies, analog synths, and overdriven guitars. The EP’s relative cohesion marks a dynamic shift from the virtuosic genre hopping of last year’s Midnight Pizza full length, as well as “Opposites,” the dancefloor-ready single he released via Kitsuné this past Spring. “Looking back, it makes perfect sense that I gravitated toward distortion to express myself in pursuit of catharsis,” states Ade. “The Junk in Orbit EP is a collection of pandemic songs; reflections on that first anxiety-riddled wave of quarantine in which our primary experience of the outside world was through our social media feeds – often unhinged and sloppily tailored algorithms bombarding us with misinformation, celebrity, political and systemic failure, Animal Crossing, cooking videos, and any number of unsolicited photos of our exes, pre-pandemic ephemera, and other digital memories.”
The EP arrives alongside a mind-altering new video for standout track “Ambivert,” directed and animated by Oliver Levine with prop fabrications by Phoebe Jane Hart (including a prop TV that bizarrely went viral on TikTok after a random clip set off debate about its origins, yielding over 21 million views and counting).
The song ambitiously fuses electronic bedroom pop and overblown basement pop punk with internet era anxiety to forge anthemic new territory for the project. “I wrote this song from the perspective of someone hopelessly tangled in the barbed wire of the ungovernable Metaverse,” states Ade, “where nasty comments are rewarded with millions of likes while legitimate political activism gets trivialized by its proximity to posts of blindfolded people getting repeatedly hit in the head with a water bottle tied to the blade of a spinning ceiling fan, etc. When fitting in means being forced to engage with such an inherently superficial environment, it’s no coincidence we seek out new labels and diagnoses to define ourselves in order to find allies or a safe community.”
Stream “Junk In Orbit” EP: ffm.to/adejunkep
Watch the “Ambivert” video
Watch “Junk In Orbit” video