HDLSS shares new single “Wonderloss” via Brooklyn Vegan & talks to Heems about race, politics & their new album
HDLSS (pronounced Headless) is a “nocturnal pop” duo from Ridgewood, NY, consisting of Far and Wolfy. Selections from DUMB is the new album the band is releasing in August (pre-order it here)—their 1st release since going on hiatus in 2012 and changing their name from Headless Horseman (formerly on Greedhead Entertainment).
The album was recorded/produced by HDLSS and mastered by Yale Yng-Wong (Grizzly Bear, Chairlift) and Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts). Today the duo shares the fourth single from the album, “Wonderloss” via Brooklyn Vegan, along with a conversation with Heems, their friend and former manager. Be sure to check out the previous singles; “BILL$” via Stereogum, “Colonizer,” via Noisey which tackles the subject of culturual appropriation, and “False Flag,” an ode to whistle blowers, via The FADER.
Some words on “Wonderloss” from the interview w/ Heems:
“Musically the sound of the song is somber and kind of mixes what Sigur Ros might sound like if they wrote a doo-wop song. I combined the words ‘wonder’ and ‘loss’ to mean the opposite of wonder, like being in state of continual loss of curiosity. The song mourns the death of wonders, whether that means just growing older and your focus narrrows, or closing yourself off to the world and becoming narcissistic. I think because of the nature of social media and the way things are going, it’s easy to retreat in yourself and build this cocoon of ‘safe space’ and not even really know it you are in this fantasy land because the virtual and physical realities have merged into one where you can’t tell the difference anymore. Naturally concerns become very trivial in this type of space because the real world is very far.
I think of this song as a eulogy for delayed gratification and patience. We are bred as consumers to exist within a space of discontent so we always have a void to fill and within earshot there are tons of instant solutions. We can always choose now instead of later, and I see this in myself, yet paradoxically because it is a modern way of life it is very difficult to shed.
It’s hard to go anywhere without GPS. Our knowledge and memory are decreasing because Google is always a few clicks away and our devices do our remembering for us. I don’t really know where all this is headed or what the long term affects of social media are, but I definitely experience depression and anxiety as byproducts of this lifestyle, as I know many people do. To sum it up, I think the cover art for “Wonderloss” depicts what depression looks like pretty well: those days when the only way you can relate to the world is from the angle your head restlessly lays on a pillow.”