December 8, 2014
by Bryne Yancey

It’s Monday. The cold and wind today is borderline oppressive. Everything and everybody seems to be slowing down. This time of year especially is never a traditionally busy one for the music industry—many albums announced in late November or early December often aren’t released until January or February of the following year. Which is fine, usually—we all have year-end lists to catch up on, winter warmers to drink, ugly holiday sweater parties to attend—but this year it’s keeping us from a new Torche album much longer than at least I want.

Today, Relapse dropped the first “single” from Torche’s upcoming full-length Restarter, due out 2/24. “Minions” is a long, deliberate, sludgy, catchy snapshot into what really makes Torche Torche. The song, even at its absolute heaviest, never stops being melodic. Maybe it’s the production, but the song feels much thicker (as if that were even thought possible before) than anything on Harmonicraft. By the end of it, the listener may or may not feel as though they’re flying. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the record.