We are overjoyed to bring you an exclusive look at the new video for the dreamy evocative track ‘Pink Plaster Walls’ from Sydney’s Grids & Dots.
‘Pink Plaster Walls’ is a heavenly slice of dream pop: unfurling across a bright blue sky with its iridescent glow and gentle, warm disposition. The distant, almost observational, delivery has an innocent blush, wry, posed and enigmatic. There is a slight brush of eighties indie uber pop from bands like The Particles or the Lighthouse Keepers creating something transfixing that almost floats in the ether.
Carmen Minikus from the band says of the track:
I started writing this song while on a road trip to the Gold Coast to Dan’s old family house which looks like it was untouched since the 1980s; there was pink peeling paint all over the walls and outdated, retro furniture all over the house.
Dan started telling stories about his childhood memories here which drew pictures in my head of a nostalgic time in his childhood – the stale, dry, hot air and the long, hot summers. Mundane activities, getting into trouble to escape boredom, swimming by the river or local beaches.
The air of memory and emotions flow through the slipstreams of the song like a leaf on a stream: there is a faint melancholy weaving between the notes of the song.
It comes as no surprise that this beautiful, enigmatic track was recorded by the legendary Wayne Connolly (Died Pretty, Underground Lovers, The Nagging Doubts, Salarymen) and released through his magnificent Scenic Drive Records.
The video was directed and edited by Claire Simpson (softworld films) and features band members Carmen Minikus and Daniel Handaru.
It perfectly captures this dizzying pop nostalgic glow. It mixes earnest sweet performances captured in a low-fi blur with celestial imagery: snippets of fifties suburbia, heavenly bodies and objet d’art that collectively reflect our memories and the inevitable passage of time. The band says of the video:
The music video was the brainchild of our good friend Claire Simpson (@softworldfilms), who creates music videos with a flair that is truly her own – blending surreal emotive imagery with nostalgic elements and a kind of general chaos. Stylistically we thought her vibe was perfect for this song which is itself about nostalgia and long summers. We filmed it on a sunny April day around her apartment in Glebe.
A glorious radiant depiction of a song that positively glows:
‘Pink Plaster Walls’ is out everywhere now through the usual download and streaming sites and through the link below:
This is the first release from the band since their EP ‘What Happens To Friendships?’ and heralds a new release entitled ‘Found You On The Weekend’ due soon.
Grids & Dots are:
Carmen Minikus (gtr, vox, synth)
Daniel Handaru (vox, gtr)
Pat Hisshion (drums)
Saskia Clapton (bass)
Feature Photograph: Chloe Huang