Free Electric State – “Better Planes” (Exclusive Premiere)


Baltimore by way of Durham, NC-based act Free Electric State have released their new video, “Better Planes.” The track comes from their new LP, ‘Monumental Life,’ which was released on April 21 via Custom Made Music. The record will be available on CD, or as a limited edition LP of which only 100 copies will be available. The limited edition LP includes a hand-numbered, silk-screened cover.

Legend has it that guitarist/vocalist David Koslowski, guitarist/vocalist Nick Williams, and bassist/vocalist Shirlé Hale formed Free Electric State in January 2009 after discovering their mutual love of Krautrock and early shoegaze. Tony Sliglitz soon joined them on drums, and Free Electric State quickly became a hot ticket in the North Carolina scene, eventually sharing bills with Polvo, Deerhunter, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, and Mike Watt.

‘Monumental Life’ is the follow-up to their 2010 debut, ‘Caress,’ and finds the band balancing their outre instincts with a loud, hooky pop-rock sensibility. Producer Rob Girardi (Beach House, Arbouretum) employed unusual microphone techniques to achieve a cavernous, voluminous sound, at once distant and impressively immediate, while the band focused on their love of melody and texture to create a diverse, exuberant statement of artistic expression.

The video for “Better Planes” was edited by Koslowski, who is also a documentary filmmaker. Check it out below.


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