It’s been ages since we’ve heard from Cork band Elastic Sleep. Last November they gave us live favourite ‘Slip‘, but ‘Bad Machine’ is our first taster of new music since then (though we did get an awesome cover of Jon Hopkins’ ‘Open Eye Signal’). Over nearly four minutes, it’s a reminder of just how powerful a punch this band can throw. It also sounds like a natural progression for them, Muireann Levis’ ethereal voice wriggling and writhing with the spiralling guitars, while the bass and drums remain stoic, before giving in for a raucous outro. “Take me to your bed, show me where the flowers grow/Take me by the hand, help me understand,” Levis implores early on. But later, she’s ready to give in: “Take me to the stones, lay me down and break my bones/take me to the trees on my hands and on my knees.” The accompanying video, by Echo Tree Studios, manages to capture the claustrophobic, disconcerting nature of ‘Bad Machine’. You can get the track as a free download from Elastic Sleep’s Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages. The artwork, which I’m in love with, is by the incredible Sunless Designs. Elastic Sleep have a handful of dates coming up and it sounds like they could be last shows for a while. They wrote on their Facebook page: “Because some of us will be travelling and have other commitments for 2016 these will be our last shows for the foreseeable future. if you were hoping to catch us live now is your time. we’re very lucky to be playing alongside some amazing bands for these gigs, including our old guitar player and current friend Brendan’s (remember him?) new project Barchester Chronicles d├ębut. So come out let you and raise your knees with a parting glass.” The gigs are after the jump.

Elastic Sleep tour dates:
December 15: Bello Bar, Dublin w/ Segrasso, the Real Swan Lake + Cloud Culture
December 18: The Thirsty Scholar, Waterford w/ We the People
December 19: TDC/Triskel, Cork w/ Naoise Roo + Barchester Chronicles
January 2: Pine Lodge, Myrtleville