It’s been six years since the last HEALTH album, the 2009 sophomore effort Get Color. And while they’ve kept busy doing things like video-game soundtracks, their new album Death Magic sounds like the work of a band that’s spent its time away honing a whole new sound. Death Magic takes the astral noise-rock of the band’s earlier records as a jumping-off point, but it integrates things like synthpop and industrial and even stoned R&B in fascinating ways, making all that guitar skree resonate in ways that make sense alongside present-day pop music. It’s quite an album. We’ve already posted the tracks “New Coke,” “Stonefist,” “Dark Enough,” and “Men Today.” And now, thanks to NPR, we can stream the whole album below.
Death Magic is out 8/7 via Loma Vista.