Los Angeles electronic-indie duo Radar Cult thrives in darkness. On their debut EP, Splitting, bandmates Luke Waites and K.C. Maloney fused guitars and synthesizers to create thrilling late night jams. The goal was to create an atmosphere to get lost in, steering away from “feel good” music. Now they’re extending their mission with their second EP, Memory Sweep, out July 31st via Plug Research. To commemorate the release, the band has shared a new single titled “Fog”.
“‘Fog’ was the first song we finished,” the band says. “It came about very organically during a guitar and piano jam based on the vocal melody that survived the wreckage of earlier idea that had crashed and burned. 90% of ‘Fog’ was completed within a few days. It’s basically about being crippled with anxiety when your life is out of order, or you’re running and trying to hide from something but it’s catching up with you.”
Though still within their haunted house aesthetic, “Fog” plays down the synthesizers of their past work and instead revels in ominous, ringing piano chords. The clamoring percussion gives a sense of disorientation, personifying the song’s themes of being lost. The only thing scarier than the fog itself, is the “perfect lie you tell yourself” that Waites and Maloney harmonize about on the chorus. It’s eerie and unsettling, just like its creators intended.
Listen in below.