The C.I.A.’s Surgery Channel is ripe with straightforward conviction. The trio made up of Denée & Ty Segall and Emmett Kelly have constructed a world where everything is piercing and pinpointed. Every word brings confrontation – The C.I.A. makes you question what could be happening here…or what they’re after.
Just ahead of its Friday release, they reveal a new video and single “Bubble” — a story of anxious desire. We will be consumed by what we must consume. Restraint backfires and drives a person to madness. Or maybe that’s just what they want you to think. It feels as though Denée (vocals, lyrics) is whispering directly in your ear, amplified by the suspense of tick-tocking drum machine beats. Ty (bass, percussion, backup vocals) and Emmett (bass, synth, backup vocals) paint a jarring and dissonant landscape behind Denée’s story. Words are rhythm at The C.I.A.