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Boston artist R.M.Hendrix has unveiled his gravitational new EP, War Is On Its Way. To complement the sounds and the themes refelected in his music, Hendrix has also penned a new essay series on Medium that explores each song’s origins cast against the dire headlines of the day. From our American obsession with guns to the killing of journalists to an increased numbness that clouds our daily lives, Hendrix’s new music is inextricably linked to the chaos that surrounds us.



### BULLETIN -- AUGUST 28 ###

Following the release of previous single “Bullet Point,” Boston-based experimental-pop musician, multi-instrumentalist, and producer R.M. Hendrix continues to showcase his forthcoming EP War Is on Its Way (09.09.20) with the release of a startling new track titled “Soft Targets”.

“It’s gonna be your Feel Bad Song of the Summer,” Hendrix says. A defining track of the forthcoming EP, “Soft Targets” boasts huge break beats and layers of vocals over trippy keys and a body-bouncing bass line.

It continues Hendrix’s emergence this summer as a musical mad chemist, incorporating elements of psych, trip-hop, shoegaze, indie, and alt-rock against impassioned lyrics that reflect this modern age of cultural insanity. Hendrix’s music can be described as kinetic agit-pop for a paranoid world on the brink.

It is also the sound of 2020, and Hendrix has so far earned praise in American Pancake, The Other Side Reviews, Home Cooking Share, and elsewhere, with Soundsphere Mag citing Portishead and God Lives Underwater as musical reference points.



### BULLETIN -- AUGUST 10 ###

Boston artist R.M.Hendrix’s follow-up to 2017 agit-pop release Can It Find Us Here? emphatically responds YES. War Is on Its Way captures the sounds of American angst through a plaster wall. It’s distant, eerie, covered with the grit of decades. What is this?

It’s seven songs of head-bobbing anxiety and gloom. The EP opens with a gospel-like stomp, “Violence has its own light.” It’s like the opening statement of a trial, and the defendant is all of us. What is this mess we’ve made? It’s colored everything in a bruise blue. As “Secret Weapon” reveals itself, we begin to feel the isolation we’ve created.

The next track and first single, “Bullet Point,” begins with an eerie arpeggiated synth that feels slightly unhinged. As soon as you orient yourself you’re hit with a percussive onslaught and a gritty vocal melody, “This is how I win, This is how I win, murders and acquisitions.” It’s a jarring shift from the opener. Who is he talking to? The unease builds to a chorus that is psychedelic and unnerving. A punchy bass clears the way for a simple line, “With my bullet point,” that echoes into haunting swirls while guitars stab at the air.

The tension is relentless throughout the EP. It’s a record about the language of violence and the culture it creates. It’s not until Track 6, a cover of Thom Yorke’s “Unmade” written for the Suspiria soundtrack, that things calm down. It’s telling that a song from a horror film is soothing. “When I first heard Yorke’s song I was overwhelmed with emotion. It’s such a melancholy acknowledgement of everything being broken and yet somehow finding hope with someone,” says Hendrix. “I had to record it myself because I felt it so strongly.” The final track, “A Day Without,” builds on this hope with a song about choice and determination to walk away from the war. Then it’s done.

Hendrix says: “This record was like a hair in my mouth. It had to come out. I had a library of modular synth experiments that I started chopping into arrangements with short lyrical phrases. It was a way to cope and respond to the zeitgeist. I tamed the chaos then realized I was singing the blues.”