The new album has a title (Aims), a cover image (a population change map of Detroit by data visualization artist Stephen Von Worley), and is now available for pre-order.
Pre-ordering the album allows you to download three songs immediately: “The Hymn of Acxiom,” “Close to Home” and “In the 99.” You can also read the backstory, lyrics and recording credits for each song on Bandcamp, as well as download “The Hymn of Acxiom” for free (just put $0 when you “purchase” it).
USA Today interviewed Vienna for an exclusive preview feature. From the story:
The Hymn of Acxiom is…a beautiful work that gets progressively creepier as it continues. Teng uses the piece to capture the way people related to technology and the information gathered about them, and there’s almost a religious quality to it.
“I think the reason we agree to be spied on, basically, is that, on some level, we do want to be known,” she says. “There is that unsettling parallel with religion and the way technology works now. At some level, as human beings, we have this deep need, this deep desire to be understood, to be seen, to have the sense that someone knows everything we do.
“Then there’s the question of what that entity does with that knowledge. In religion, the message is that God loves you and embraces you while holding you accountable for being your best self. Whether Acxiom databases do that is much more questionable.”
Deluxe version of the album are available for pre-order in the merchandise store: CD books with full artwork, USB drives with video extras, and other items. For digital download only, pre-order through Vienna’s Bandcamp site.