French outfit prep Vonal Axis, their fifth full-length in a career spanning two decades, and unleash video for lead-single…

On their new full-length, Vonal-Axis, Steeple Remove have joined the Fuzz Club ranks and carved out an album that warps their Moog-devotion into a whole new beast. With the LP due out November 30th, the band are now sharing the visuals for the first cut, ‘Ferris Noir’ – an instrumental number that falls somewhere between Metal Box-era PiL, the shimmering guitars of Durutti Column and Can’s krautrock deconstructions. Partnered with manipulated found-footage, the track feels like an eerie yet moving soundtrack to some kind of little-known dystopian sci-fi film. Perhaps not entirely surprising considering three tracks from their previous album were featured on the Mogwai-soundtracked, Emmy-winning French supernatural series ‘Les Revenants’. You can check it out for yourself below…

Arriving twenty years into their career, the new album is a product of the band’s long history spent flirting with all kinds of experimental sounds. Emerging out of Rouen, a small city in the Normandy region of France, the four-piece arrived with their now impossible-to-find debut album, The Importance Of Being Steeple Remove (1998) on the cult label Sordide Sentimental, who put out earlier works from the likes of Joy Division, Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV. After that they all but disappeared, not returning until eight years later with Radio Silence (2006) and Electric Suite (2008), both marking a departure from their early experimental electronica into a wider pool of kraut, psychedelic rock and atmospheric pop. Save for the odd single and live show, it took another six years to hear a full record from the band – that being the 2014 LP Position Normal which left them to pick up glowing, long-overdue praise across Europe.

Choosing not to leave it quite so long this time, enter Vonal-Axis: a nine-track LP that sees them attempt to hone in on their near quarter-century of experimentation to produce a collection of tracks that journeys from shoegaze-drones that weigh heavy on your chest (“Oval Strii”, “Monochrome Continuum”), to kosmische psychedelic pop (“Waters”) and dub-inflected post-punk (“Ferris Noir”, “Pink Ferris”). Vonal-Axis is without a doubt the bands finest work yet – their latest in a very lengthy career that’s seen them remain a mysterious presence on the fringes of the experimental French underground since forming the project back in 1997.