Melbourne psych exponents extraordinaire The Baudelaires are about to release their new album ‘Tilt’ on Friday through the magnificent Cheersquad Records and Tapes/Little Cloud Records, and we are honoured to exclusively reveal the video for their single ‘Roller Vaseline’.
‘Roller Vaseline’ does just what it says on the label: a thundering, restless wall of guitars that slide effortlessly thought the speakers with an imperious stature. There is a jangling shoegaze buzz that has an energy attack with spacey distant lyrics providing a distant melodic edge. It is louche and full of swagger and attitude.
The Baudelaires’ frontman Grischa Zahren-Bergner says of the track:
For this song, we tried to write one that sounded like one of our favourite bands and pals, the New Candys. After our tour with them, we got a nice healthy dose of what it might take to roll as well as they do. It came out much different than we intended, especially the Hawaiian-esque bridge we wrote in inspiration of Fernando nailing his first ever surf at Bermagui beach. We were lucky enough to be able to record this one in their studio in Venice by our chief muse and stimulator Andrea ‘Fox’ Volpato at his Fox Studio home. It sounds like a song made on a Venetian diet of pizzas and aperol spritzes over the very fun days we stayed and played there.
You can also detect a whiff of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and early Dandies – a laid back smoky haze of chemicals and patchouli on a barbed-wire bed.
The video, produced, directed, filmed and edited by Iliria Bytyci, is an enigmatic solo dance performance in a kaleidoscope haze with muted beige colours that perfectly fit the psychedelic fog of the track:
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Feature photograph: Jordan Pegley