American Idol alum Allison Iraheta and Matthew Hager, aka the electronica duo Halo Circus, have released an intoxicating new single, ‘Narcissist’ from their forthcoming album Robots and Wranglers. The album is slated for release next month, and the band recently announced a 24-date US tour kicking off in March.
The song is an electrifying preview of what’s to come. Lyrics criticize a self-absorbed society, from the average person to world leaders. Halo Circus rests right outside the mainstream, looking in and holding up a mirror. ‘Narcissist’ has a dark and gritty production, one that is clearly in step with Iraheta’s signature style.
The music video is equally underground and spirited, with the band going for a cruise through the city, lounging by the pool, and taking selfies on the toilet (naturally.) “Here’s the way I run a country. I hate you, but I want you to love me,” Iraheta sings while on her phone, probably sending out a belligerent tweet. Ouch.
Halo Circus’s new material featuring more electronic influences is a natural progression for the band, according to Iraheta. “We’ve always seen Halo Circus as an art project,” she said. “The first album was an alternative rock album, the EP bordered on Americana, and this album is the logical next step for us. We wanted to make an electronic album that was cinematic in scope and sounded like it was recorded on a spaceship.”