Experimental audiovisual duo friendships have returned with new single ‘MLG_recovery patch.’ This is the first piece of new work from the pair since their 2016 critically acclaimed album Nullarbor 1988-1989.
‘MLG_recovery patch’ presents a sonic and visual shift for the band. Beginning with a somber piano soundscape, the track warps and becomes interlaced with their dark, pulsing industrial sound. Throughout the video, dark visuals morph, glitch and loop back on one another.
friendships’ combines Misha Grace’s visual art and Nic Brown’s songwriting in their respective mediums together. Debut album Nullarbor was named Album of the Week on 3RRR, PBS, RTR, and FBi, winning Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album at the 2017 AIR Awards, leading to tours with Erykah Badu, Thundercat, a boundless festival run including SXSW, CMJ, Meredith Music Festival, Melbourne Music Week and a tour of China. But ultimately, things didn’t last.
After a show at the end of 2017, they quietly went their own ways. Having spent the previous few years talking every day, they’d suddenly gone eight months without talking at all.
They came back together by chance at a mutual friend’s house. Suddenly they were talking again, telling each other about what they’d been working on for the past eight months. Separately, both had been working through their issues through their art. Where in the past they might’ve created for each other, to complement the other’s work, their time in isolation had them seeking catharsis only for themselves. And yet when Grace showed Brown a video she’d composed, he put a track he’d written underneath it. They complemented each other perfectly.