Earlier this year, as he prepared to drop his first EP on the agenda-setting underground label Tri Angle Records, Texan producer Rabit told The FADER: "I do like having one thing that's very soft, and then having one thing that's hard and kind of grating." Today, he teased his upcoming, already-finished debut album for the same label with "Straps," and it couldn't have stayed truer to his words. While the track is full of industrial churns that ring out in a vast, metallic space, it's also so minimal at points that it's practically delicate. Simply put, it's the most ambitious thing we've heard from Rabit yet.
Directed by Lane Stewart and produced by FACT, the video walks the same careful tightrope between extremes: one second the shirtless central character has a butterfly on his chest, and the next he's tied down with leather straps, his neck tense from screaming. It's unsettling but also tender, and has us waiting anxiously for more information on his new release.