Listen: Deadmau5 Reveals New 9-Minute Epic, ‘Phantoms Can’t Hang’
By Scott T. Sterling
With his legions of devoted fans counting the days until the June 17 release of of Deadmau5‘s new album, while (1<2), the Canadian producer has revealed a new track to keep them sated in the meantime.
“Phantoms Can’t Hang” is an epic nine-minute song from the forthcoming double album, featuring percolating percussion, ghostly female vocals and a stark, cinematic feel spread out over the track’s extended run time.
This latest tune is the fourth to be released in advance of the new album, following “Avaritia,” “Seeya,” and “Infra Turbo Pigcart Racer.” Fans who pre-order while (1<2) on iTunes will receive all four tracks immediately to download while waiting for the rest to arrive on release day.
“It’s a good mix of sh-t I want to do versus sh-t people want to hear or what they would expect,” Deadmau5 said of the album late last month when he revealed its tracklist of 25 songs. “It’s a good balance… It was when I was working on some live stuff, set lists for shows and stuff like that, and it just must have been a couple of tracks that sounded pretty good stitched together end to start and I thought, ‘Well, if I ever do an album or compile this into some kind of album this has got to be that part of the order for that.’ And I just kind of took everything and played musical Tetris with it.”