A few weeks ago we covered Phantogram‘s dark, intense “Run Run Blood” off their upcoming album, Three. The song is a creepy, moody smash, and it got a suitable sequel today in the form of “Cruel World.” The duo premiered the track on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show, and it’s another solid entry from their upcoming album.
“Cruel World” is lighter than “Run Run Blood” in parts, such as the downright serene opening to the track. At other times, the electronic warbling combines with Sarah Barthel’s lyrics to reinforce that Three will definitely have a weighty, brooding vibe to it, which we are digging so far. “I finally learned it’s a cruel, cruel world,” Barthel laments during the song’s hook, and the instrumental hums along in agreement.
Three will be Barthel and Josh Carter’s third record as Phantogram, and is due out on October 7 through Republic Records. You can listen to “Cruel World” below.