AUDIO: X Harlow – “Anchorite”
X Harlow is the electronic post-punk project of Justin Schmidt. Originally from Milwaukee but currently living in Brooklyn, Schmidt wrote these songs during the pandemic as they’d felt vitriol at the government’s blatant mishandling of public safety. They incorporate industrial, hip hop, techno, and ambient into a truly visceral, captivating listening experience touching on grief and loss. The title comes from the medieval figures who became societal recluses. X Harlow delivers a record anthemic to the year’s brooding darkness that presents itself with emotional, chaotic dystopia and tormented interludes – it’s not one to miss.