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Song Premiere: “Empty Lips” by Black Ferns

Black Ferns – Photo Credit: Trevor Crump
29 July 2019

Photo: Chris C. Bowden

Seattle-based post-punk Black Ferns return with their second release, Devices via Northern Light Records. The band is the latest addition on the label’s compelling roster that includes the likes of ACTORS, The City Gates, and Rev Rev Rev.

Zoran Macesic (vocals, guitar, synth) formed Black Ferns in 2015 and has been constantly on the move, touring and building up their fanbase. KEXP charted their self-titled debut album and premiered the video “The Ritual”, in addition to a video premiere from for “It’s In Your Nature”.

The Big Takeover is thrilled to bring a bit of their dark romanticism to listeners by hosting “Empty Lips”, a track off Black Fern’s newest LP Devices. Post-punk, New Wave, and pop are sonic elements that are all highlighted and run through the album.

On the captivating “Empty Lips” Zoran’s dreamy vocals drape over the pulsating, melodic rhythm section and reverb-drenched synthesizer. His lyrics speak of an abstract and anguished relationship drenched in a paradox of elation and depression. Featured in this the single are backing vocals from Patti King (The Shins, Radiation City).

Black Ferns is currently working in Los Angeles and Seattle for their third release due at the beginning of next year.