Over the course of their ten year history as a band, the members of Midnight Juggernauts have developed a reputation for being uncompromisingly different in just about every way possible – their sound has been influenced by elements of Soviet Union-era pop, Italian giallo soundtracks, minimalist/futuristic electronica, house music, contemporary indie electro pop and others; conceptually, their music and aesthetic is deeply influenced by things that few contemporary acts would dare – their exceptional last album, Uncanny Valley was inspired by the writing of Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori and the album managed to evoke the wondrous possibilities of the future and its unpredictable horrors simultaneously. And the album did so with a slickly produced flair – with layers of shimmering synths and propulsive rhythms.
Currently, the members of the band have been separated across different countries for a variety of different projects but they recently got back together to record a series of EPs, which they’ll be releasing through their own label, Siberia Records. The first EP of the series, Aerials, thematically speaking reflects the world from a vertical perspective. And sonically, as you’ll hear on the EP’s first single “Freefall,” the trio’s sound has subtly evolved – they’ve retained the layers of shimmering synths and propulsive rhythms of Uncanny Valley; however, the single manages to subtly exude more of an overtly dance floor vibe.
The official video continues the band’s interest in CGI and computerized graphics as the video is largely based around the use of Google Earth, and evokes the sense of a world that’s become increasingly smaller than ever before.
The trio were motivated to eschew the traditional album release structure in favor of doing something that they believed would be much more meaningful and long-lasting. Fans and listeners can pay anything they want for the album with 100% of the proceedings going to the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation. In fact, these donations will specifically go towards providing much-needed healthcare for Australia’s Aboriginal population, as almost a third of that population dies before 45. So if you dig the single, get the album and donate to a worthy cause.