Single artwork for "Psychic Institute" by The Drood which is blue offset with red and sees a man walking towards the camera on a red floor with a red circle behind him and blue pillars along both walls.

DISCOVER: The Drood enter a psychedelic conceptual world with the release of “Psychic Institute”

If there’s one thing that The Drood knocks out of the park with their tracks, it’s being able to entrance their listeners and warp them into a dream-like world, and that’s exactly what they do with this new release, “Psychic Institute”. Be prepared to be transcended into a psychedelic conceptual scene, that no one is ever quite ready for. This follows up their previous single “It Must Needs Wither“.

The Drood are a duo consisting of Nathan Jamiel and Daniel Watts, with the former providing the vocals, electric guitar and keyboards, while the latter providing the drums and the keys, bringing together their musical capabilities to form this band. They formed in 2012 in Denver, Colorado and have been releasing dream-like electronic rock ever since. They dropped their debut self-titled album in 2016 and went on to headline a weekend show at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox in 2018. Prior to the pandemic, they opened for The Legendary Pink Dots in Denver and had planned to take part in a south-western US tour with Dead Voices on Air and Orbit Service, which got cancelled due to COVID-19. They dropped their second studio album Totally Comfortable after taking some time out from the duo to spend time with family during the pandemic, and now they’ve come back with renewed vigour.

This track has been created by the duo themselves and was recorded in their home studio and mastered by SoundLab in Portland, Oregon. The awesome animated music video has been created by Tom Nelsen (Sense from Nonsense). Talking about the track, The Drood said: “We didn’t set out with the intention to write a dance song, but that’s what came out! ‘Psychic Institute’ unintentionally evolved into a homage to the industrial music which shaped our musical proclivities. The lyrical message, if any, is a cautionary tale about the emptiness and transparency of foolish sentimentality.”

Watch The Drood’s music video for “Psychic Institute” here:

From dropping a post-rock song earlier this year titled “It Must Needs Wither“, The Drood surprises us all by jumping right onto the other side of the music scale with this post-dance sound for “Psychic Institute”. Sticking to their identifiable vocals and awesome warped beats, this creative duo not only shows off their versatility capabilities but plunges the listener down a rhythmic sound tube that demands you to vibe. The vocals and lyrics hit upon the clinginess that the world has for empty sentimentality bringing invisible nostalgia into this foreboding yet exciting dance track. The Drood has one incredibly unforgettable track with this “Psychic Institute”.

Taking the psychedelic world and conjuring an animated world is not an easy task, yet Tom Nelsen has blown us away with this awesomely crafted music video for The Drood’s song “Psychic Institute”. Following the beat with imaginative transitions, the viewers are transported into a distorted trippy dream world full of bright colours and engaging shapes. We watch an animated person walk around this imaginative but skewed world, navigating an impossible landscape with determined steps. Will this person reach their destination? Will they manage to find what they’re after? Is this really a nightmare? A distorted dream sequence like no other, this effortlessly connects with the song.

Stream “Psychic Institute” on Spotify now:

“Psychic Institute” is already gaining traction with over 10,000 Spotify streams in just over two weeks. It’s available to download and stream right now.

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Written by Jonathan Currinn

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