As previously reported, former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy is set to release his latest solo album, Lion, on June 3rd via Nettwerk Music Group. Already we’ve heard the intense lead single “Hang Up”; now, Murphy has unveiled the album’s second single, “I Am My Own Name”.
Between fits of rage, Murphy opts for a bleak-yet-triumphant tone on the tenacious number. Here, he turns to the song’s title into a kind of makeshift mantra, feverishly howling over the cacophony of industrial synthesizers, frantic deluges of guitar, and assorted ominous rhythms. If you can imagine a mid-’90s Trent Reznor producing David Bowie’s The Next Day, you’d be more or less on the right track. Watch the song’s accompanying visualizer below:
In an interview with Billboard last May, Murphy called the album “a mixture of stuff…almost like operas for the dispossessed. It’s very romantic and very deep and emotional, quite symphonic in places, but then becomes, like, a rabble-rousing pirate sea shanty.” A press release adds that Lion “possesses an elegant master of tone – bass heavy, stark, shimmering and symphonic. It sustains a heart-in-throat tension from start to finish.”