One of Barnes’ most urgent tracks to date, layering a thumping, staggered, skeletal beat with deconstructed piano fragments and a hook that sculpts choral samples into a rapturous battle cry. Veering between claustrophobia and euphoria, Barnes continues his bleeding of the line between sorrow and ecstasy, and with The Highest Flood, the first taster of his new material, there’s a new-found, raw sense of immediacy.
“It’s a challenge to navigate the world we’re living in now and I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways we need to forge new paths in language, communication and our connection with the natural world – it’s becoming more and more important to try and steer these in a positive direction” says Barnes of the track. “‘The Highest Flood’ distills some of the frustration and hope that I’ve been working through over the past 18 months whilst making new material.”
The single is the long awaited first studio material since 2013’s critically lauded debut album Engravings. The Highest Flood is out now on Ninja Tune.