We are very honoured to premiere the new video for ‘Western Skies’, the single from the glorious The Pretty Visitors.
The track itself launches with a thrilling wall of guitars and shimmering vocal harmonies. It is epic and cinematic indie pop of the highest degree. The partly spoken verse has a lyrical poetry infused with a sense of humour before a mountain-range high chorus kicks in with razor sharp guitars and a whole tonne of effervescence.
Covering the minutiae of suburban life with incision and wit, the band literally thunders along with a powerful smashing rhythm section that energises and propels. The band says of the track:
The song developed from a place of frustration and helplessness in the small towns where we live. I (Connor) had an uneventful day and felt like I was walking around in something like ‘The Village Green Preservation Society’ and felt the need to write about small town life along with being late twenties and not knowing what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be. As with everyone’s place they grew up in, it’s a love/hate relationship, and I think this song articulates that, along with nuanced details that you can only notice about a place that you have so many memories attached to.
The lyrics reveal a precision and clarity:
And it’s just like this, I get up every day small town and no play
Neighbours glares for parking in the vicinity of their front gate
Letter from the SLC tea-stained ‘we need work information that’s up to date’
Up to date? I’m 27 mate, and living in the third bedroom of my parents estate for a non-existent rate
The chorus is an epic blast that etches itself into your mind with its fatalistic theme:
I feel alright but then it starts to rise until it drowns my mind, taste of something bitter Them and I, taken for a ride under these western skies, lead me to the river
‘Western Skies’ is a chiming, celestial song replete with jangling guitars and an air of complete freshness. The singalong tone is euphoric and grand, and this is clearly a very, very exciting band.
The accompanying video, directed by James Polley, captures the urban/country air with a sense of loss and despondency as the singer cuts a lonely isolated figure:
‘Western Skies’ is out now and available here.