Canadian post punk band Crack Cloud have released the video for "Uncanny Valley!"
About the track, the band posted:
"The Uncanny Valley illustrates the dichotomy between dogmatism and identity. The song is split between two movements representing growth. The first movement is about dealing with and confronting idealistic worldview. It was important to represent time by editing visuals in a non-linear fashion. We wanted to express imagery relating to religion, masculinity, violence and addiction in a cyclical nightmarish way. It’s about waking up and confronting your demons."
"The second movement deals with forging an identity in a homogenized world. It’s about everybody telling you who you are before you even know who you are. This movement evolves from the more muted colour pallete of the first half into a more vibrant highly saturated look that evokes blooming growth. We wanted to break stigmas towards addiction and rehabilitation. The hope is to create conversation towards restorative justice and to carve a path or find and foster communities that contextualizes people’s lives so we can have a better understanding of each other. It’s about taking accountability of who you are and who you plan to be. It’s about confronting pragmatism in communities and identifying that disposability is rooted in criminal justice and that the people who hurt the most from it can also be the most vulnerable. Class, race, generational violence and trauma all playing a heavy hand."
The video was directed, produced and edited by Crack Cloud. Uncanny Valley!! Marks the end of a visual trilogy that began with IMAGE CRAFT and SWISH SWASH.
Danish-Australian indie rock/pop duo Palace Winter have premiered their catchy new single "Empire".
The song is "a dark-pop tune about modern pressure and letting go of anxiety". It is taken from their forthcoming second full-length album 'Nowadays', which will be out on on May 4 via Tambourhinoceros. Pre-order your copy here.
Speaking of the track, Felix Bushe said: “Where Wildness Grows is an attempt to figure out what it is that makes us get out of bed in the morning. Where do we find the passion to create the lives we want for ourselves? And with these great expectations and ambitions, how do we cope when things don’t go to plan? I’m still not sure…”
This month's featured band on Kool Rock Radio is Cardiff-London indie pop/shoegaze band Wylderness.
Their sound is described as "'woozy sun-drenched indie and mesmerising shoegaze, echoing the sounds of Ride, My Bloody Valentine and DIIV."
The band are set to release their self-titled debut album on March 23rd via Succulent Recordings. It was recorded, produced and mixed with acclaimed indie producer Rory Attwell (Test Icicles, Veronica Falls, Telegram, Palma Violets). Pre-order the album here.
Wylderness are highly notable since they already achieved upfront US TV support from stateside sync deals and widespread support from UK national radio for their two singles to date, "72 & Sunny" and "Peripheral Vision", both featured as singles of the week here on Kool Rock Radio, on October 16 and January 8 respectively.
Latest single "Peripheral Vision" is woozy throbbing and mesmerising shoegaze all neatly rolled into one. Speaking of the track, the band said, “‘Peripheral Vision’ is the icier wintry cousin to our first single "72 & Sunny", which we wrote around the same time. We were listening a lot to the latest DIIV album when we made this, so that was a definite influence. The lyrics are about giving yourself some space to enjoy wallowing in a bit of misery, and the idea that it can be a healthy thing to do to make something creative’.
03. 72 & Sunny
04. Dutch Wine
06. Peripheral Vision
07. On A Dais
08. So Preempt
09. Death Valley Acid
10. Daisy Street
11. Take This Gold