The new single from Nrvs, ‘I Like You’, cuts straight to the quick in regard to what we humans really want: “Humans can be pretty basic. Love songs, poems about suicide, Tinder … it all boils down to one thing: I like you. Do you like me? It’s the ultimate vulnerability”. The ‘I like you, do you like me’ mantra that runs throughout the song feels like a dark nursery rhyme, with syncopated drums running hand in hand with a bass guitar so low you would feel the vibrations in a vacuum. The song builds with bursts of coruscating guitar and wailing saxophone like a star about to go supernova and, as enjoyably abrasive as the song is, you might need to moisturise after listening to it.
The video, directed by Grain Freeze, has the DIY quality of John Carpenter’s Dark Star with the acid colours of a Star Trek episode and Freeze says “Initially the video was a response to the song’s lyrics, a narrative of two potential lovers trying to connect via smartphones. It morphed into a mini space opera involving mycelium, alien life & the end of the world!”. Props to Julia Vandoorne for so convincingly succumbing to space madness over the course of the video.
Maybe Nrvs remain anonymous because they are aliens who do not want to reveal their true, terrifying identity, or maybe they are super-intelligent, sentient space mycelium, but whoever, or whatever they are, they are surely experts at harnessing dark matter in order to fuel their voyage from a galaxy far, far, away.
Review by Paul F Cook