CYNIC‘s Paul Masvidal has released a playthrough video for the band’s recently released single “Humanoid”. You can admire the guitarist demonstrating his art below.
Masvidal comments: “Playing ‘Humanoid’ is a celebration of aliveness!”
Released last month, “Humanoid” marks the first new music from the progressive pioneers since their 2014 full-length, “Kindly Bent To Free Us”.
The artwork for “Humanoid” features a detail from the painting “Ayahuasca Dream” by Robert Venosa, CYNIC‘s longtime collaborator and celebrated artist who sadly passed away in 2011.
Masvidal previously called “Humanoid” “a portrait of contrasts, like those between struggle and stillness, or the immediate against the limitless. Our Stargate is planet Earth — consciousness, the transmitter,” he said. “We, sentient creatures of light, are alive now — on a sphere, floating in a galaxy fixed amidst the infinite. It’s quite miraculous to be aware of this, and it invokes a sense of urgency and empowerment that is unlike anything else.”
“Humanoid” was recorded by Masvidal and longtime CYNIC bassist Sean Malone. The song also marks the debut of the band’s new drummer, Matt Lynch, who brings a renewed sense of energy to CYNIC‘s rhythm section.
For the mixing of “Humanoid”, CYNIC partnered with renowned engineer Adam “Nolly” Getgood.