Wray Shares Mindblowing Single “Jogging/Neon Forming”

Birmingham, AL-based trio Wray have announced the forthcoming release of their 3rd album, Stream of Youth/Blank World, out June 5 via Earth Libraries. Fantasy and science-fiction are often treated as an escape from reality, but in the heart of those fantastic worlds lie prescient truths about our world. On the other side of that coin, some of the world’s greatest aesthetic beauty comes in the form of raw science. The new album from Birmingham, Alabama’s WRAY vibrates at the intersection of those dichotomies and others—hope and pessimism, wild and composed, joy and pain. There is no light without dark, no dark without light, a concept which birthed the dual record Stream of Youth / Blank World.

“A lot of people hang on to the idea that we can have some kind of utopia someday, that human beings will evolve to a pure state. But if the human race could start over, would things look any different?” says bassist/vocalist David Brown. Along with bandmates Blake Wimberly (drums) and David Swatzell (guitars/vocals), Brown felt fueled by their status in a blue city in a red state, in the American south with its morally complex past, in modernity fueled by conflict and difference. Though they only planned on recording a pair of songs, they came away with a full album, but one separated into two clear halves: Stream of Youth holds the record’s hopeful tracks, while Blank World comprises the fatalistic songs.

Wray has released the video for “Jogging/Neon Forming”.  Seeming shot on VHS film, the subject hangs around a local laundromat.  The trippy, shoegazy single offers a breezy beauty from start to finish. “Take a Motorik Beat. Repeat some phrases and chords. Give it some space. Add a little grit. Polish it with some synths. Try to recall the hopes and perceptions of a past life and sing about that. Oh, and it’s better if you are jogging. …Neon Forming is the dream that comes after,” according to Wray.

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