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Cults Share Video for “Monolithic”

Host Due Out September 18 via Sinderlyn

Sep 11, 2020 Cults
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Cults (the duo of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion) are releasing a new album, Host, on September 18 via Sinderlyn. Now they have shared a video for album closer “Monolithic.” Haley Appell and Will McDowell directed the video, which features Follin and others worshiping a giant rock. Watch it below.

Cults collectively had this to say about “Monolithic” in a previous press release when the song was originally shared: “A kind of happy ending. It’s about giving in, and getting outside yourself even if you aren’t sure what the outcome will be in the end. After a record of pain and self doubt, it’s a jump into the abyss.”

Host features “Spit You Out,” a new song Cults shared in June, via a video (it was one of our Songs of the Week). Then when the album was announced they shared another new song from it, “Trials,” also via s video. “Trials” also made our Songs of the Week list. Then they shared another song from it, “No Risk,” which is actually a song about the benefits of taking risks and was also one of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared another song from it, “Monolithic,” which also landed on our Songs of the Week list.

Cults co-produced the Host with Shane Stoneback and it was mixed by John Congleton and mastered by Heba Kadry. Loren Shane Humphrey (The Last Shadow Puppets, Florence and the Machine, Guards) plays drums on the album.

The album finds Follin exerting a bit more creative control than before and taking a larger role in the songwriting.

“In the past, I’d never brought my own music to the table because I was just too shy,” Follin says in a press release.

“When Shane and I heard what Madeline had written, we couldn’t believe it,” says Oblivion. “The music just floored us.”

The band’s last regular studio album was 2017’s Offering. Although in 2018 Cults also released another album where they covered The Motels’ classic 1979 debut album Motels in its entirety as part of Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious Series.

Read our 2017 interview with Cults on Offering.

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