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Album Premiere: "Imposter" by Bad Veins

29 November 2023

Today marks a momentous occasion for fans of experimental indie-pop music as The Big Takeover proudly presents the exclusive premiere of ‘Imposter,’ the long-awaited third album from Cincinnati’s Bad Veins, out everywhere this Friday, December 1st via Dynamite Music.

After an eight-year hiatus, the genius of Ben Davis, the mastermind behind Bad Veins, has once again emerged from his attic-based studio, bringing with him what might be his best work yet. ‘Imposter’ showcases Davis’s unique soundscapes, crafted with a 1970s Mattel Optigan electronic organ, a megaphone, and his beloved reel-to-reel recorder named “Irene.”

“I’m very excited to get this record out into the world! It’s such a strange feeling, pouring yourself into a project for so long, then at some point you either decide it’s finished, or you decide it’s time to abandon it,” Davis shares. “Even now when I listen to it, I feel like there are moments where I got it right, and other moments I wish I could go back and fix. Every album you’ve ever heard is ultimately some form of compromise, either between band members, or songwriters and producers, or even the writer and themselves. It’s never perfect. Then you learn how to appreciated the imperfection. There can be hidden surprises in the flaws. Beautiful problems. Anyway, I think I like this mess, and I hope at least a few others do too. Thanks for listening!”

True to Bad Veins’ signature style, the album is a blend of pop subversion with classic influences, featuring synthetic woodwinds and choirs, lo-fi textures, and the infectious hooks of 1980s new wave synths. Imposter takes listeners on a unique musical journey that reflects both Davis’s creative process and his perspective on artistry.

A highlight of Imposter is its lead single, “Wendy.” This bold choice for the spotlight offers a blend of robotic beats, ethereal synths, and sing-song vocals, resulting in an off-kilter yet captivating rhythm. Accompanied by a camcorder-shot music video, “Wendy” perfectly encapsulates the nostalgic essence that runs deep in ‘Imposter.’

Davis’s journey with Bad Veins is a tale of unexpected twists and turns, sustained by the encouragement and support of their fanbase. His fans, who have formed Bad Veins Army battalions across the internet, are testament to the deep connection and engagement between the band and its audience.

With ‘Imposter,’ Bad Veins reaffirms its place in the indie-pop landscape and offers a fresh, introspective take on their unique sound. As Davis says, appreciating the imperfections and beautiful problems in art can reveal hidden surprises.

So, without further ado, dive into the exclusive premiere of ‘Imposter’ right here on The Big Takeover. Let the ethereal, synth-laden journey captivate you once more, and join us in appreciating the beautiful mess that is Bad Veins’ latest offering.

Stay connected with Bad Veins through their social media platforms for more updates and insights into their musical world.