In a few weeks, Silversun Pickups will unveil their sixth studio album titled Physical Thrills, which was produced by Butch Vig and will be released on August 19 through the band’s own label New Machine Recordings. With the buzzing and vaguely funky lead single “Scared Together” featuring vocals from bassist Nikki Monninger on the chorus, the title of the second single “Alone on a Hill” reflects Monninger’s solo vocals on the track.
“This song exposes a side I didn’t know I had in me,” she shares of the more stripped-back tune. “It felt freeing, especially with everything going on in the past couple of years. I’m grateful everyone gave me so much support during the recording process as I am a bit timid when it comes to hearing the sound of my own voice. [Lead vocalist Brian Aubert] just kept telling me to channel my inner Kate Bush.”
The single comes paired with a music video that accentuates the lonesomeness hinted at in the title, with Monninger appearing to be celebrating a birthday alone, with the imagery suggesting a child’s birthday party in the suburbs. Watch it below, and pre-order Physical Thrills here.