Sleater-Kinney release new single with “a big guitar riff, and an even bigger vocal”

Watch the video for Sleater-Kinney’s latest single Untidy Creature, ahead of their new album Little Rope on January 19.

Sleater-Kinney release new single with “a big guitar riff, and an even bigger vocal”
Emily Carter
Chris Hornbecker

Sleater-Kinney are back with a new single ahead of this month’s 11th album Little Rope.

The duo have today (January 4) shared new single Untidy Creature, along with an accompanying video that speaks “to the themes which permeate Little Rope: uncertainty, restlessness, urgency, all of the in-between and discomfiting states with which we’re forced to reckon,” say the band.

“We came up with the idea of a woman holding her breath in a bathtub for the duration of the song, unsure of her motivations, not knowing whether she’s seeking escape, disappearance, absolution, or simply a moment of quiet and reprieve. We love the tension created by an act that defies both custom and comfort.”

Of the track itself, Sleater-Kinney explain: “Untidy Creature was the first song we wrote for Little Rope, although we didn’t know it at the time; we weren’t certain we were even working on another record. We also worried it had come too easy, the song featured two elements that come very naturally to Sleater-Kinney: a big guitar riff, an even bigger vocal. But as the year wore on, and our choices and bodily autonomy shrank, our feeling about the song changed. It became a gift, somewhere to put our darkest fears, and our deepest hopes. We sometimes feel trapped or angry, and yet still we breathe.”

Watch the video for Untidy Creature below:

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