Two years on from the release of Gas Lit, Divide and Dissolve are back with a fourth full-length album. Entitled Systemic, the new record retains their commitment to oppose white supremacy and fight for Black and Indigenous liberation. “This music is an acknowledgement of the dispossession that occurs due to colonial violence,” saxophonist and guitarist Takiaya Reed commented, adding that “the goal of the colonial project is to separate Indigenous people from their culture, their life force, their community and their traditions. The album is in direct opposition to this.”. Takiaya has also stated that Systemic “is a prayer to our ancestors”, and “a prayer for land to be given back to Indigenous people, and for future generations to be free from this cycle of violence.”
The album reflects on the systems that sustain colonial violence but it also contemplates better systems for the future, closing with a track that channels hope and positivity. “There’s a world I want to live in, and I’m going to continue to focus on that world,” Takiaya explained. “Indigenous people are here. With our existence it challenges the colonial constructs that call for genocide. We are still alive.”
Systemic arrives on June 30th through Invada and ahead of it, Divide and Dissolve have shared the beautiful, powerful and gripping lead single ‘Blood Quantum’, and an accompanying video. Here it is.