Berlin-based electropop band Touching Box have announced the release of their debut album ‘What Nothing’ through Reckless Yes, with the release of their first single and video – also ‘What Nothing’ – released digitally on 6 April 2022.
Emerging from the liminal space of lockdowns the band say of the track, “‘What Nothing’ is the moment one person thinks the other has just said something and then silence takes over again. Quarantine. Time stretches and sticks, like chewing gum. We imagine the life we had before things got strange. We imagine hobbies.”
Along with the single the band is also releasing the video for ‘What Nothing’. About the filming they said, “‘What Nothing’ was shot by Alex Fuchs middle of the night during the second Corona lockdown in Berlin. We had borrowed a giant smoke-machine and all the windows were open as smoke pooled out of the apartment. We were worried the fire department would show up.
“We had set up Robert’s nephew’s Carrera slot car racing tracks. We wanted to show the boredom of a couple stuck at home and the playful and obsessive nature of a good hobby.”
Individually both Josepha (singer of Susie Asado) and Robert (drummer of It’s A Musical, Albertine Sarges, Kat Frankie, and Masha Qrella) have a deep history as music makers and creatives but the time has come to introduce them together as Touching Box.
Touching Box is about intimacy and alienation. It is about longing for touch and turning to objects. It is not thinking out of the box, but touching box, exploring the inanimate and breathing life into it: an analogue hiss, a warm synthesizer, a drum to be drummed, a bass to drop down to. And there are words, lots of them, sometimes they catalogue a single feeling, sometimes they catalogue an entire state. Soul meets lo-fi meets indie meets pop meets touching meets box. Touching box.
The single and video release comes with the announcement of the band’s debut album ‘What Nothing’ due on vinyl, CD and digital through Reckless Yes on 17 June 2022. Written and recorded during lockdown the band dreamed of the places they would rather be than in isolation, with the long player centered around the feelings and times traced through the title track and first single; exploring the many permutations of electropop.
Find Touching Box
- Website: http://www.touchingbox.com
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/touching_box
- Bandcamp: http://touchingbox.bandcamp.com
Reckless Yes 2022 membership
If you have a membership to Reckless Yes for 2022 you can find this track in the digital vault now. If you’d like to get it and all our other releases for this year there is still time to sign up – subscriptions close at the end of March!