TRACK: 0171 – ‘Photograph’: yearning Hackney synthpop

0171, photographed by William Spooner

COMING at you out of Hackney – that dialling-code epithet giving away their inner London roots- synth-pop duo Joe Bedell-Brill and Georgie Hoare, who record as 0171, have shared their vision for a retro-future pop form with “Photograph”, the fast-cut video montage for which you can watch below. 

“Photograph” has this pure pop yearn, set over a fast-cutting photo and recovered video montage video – watch it below.

It’s the third single to be taken from 0171’s forthcoming Change Nothing EP, joining the shadowytheremin groove of “Automatic” and the exotic dispassion of “Follow”.

Joe takes lead on this one, all swaddled in big, sweeping filter squelch, singing of the double-edged sword that photos of times past, times lost, can manifest as: “Photograph on my wall / You’re like a CCTV / Make me unsure and small / Ghost of my memory”.

“‘Photograph’ is inspired by looking at a photo of an ex,” Joe says. 

 “A photo that records a moment when everything seemed perfect, but now it’s a lie and it makes you feel strange; like you can’t really remember who you were in that photo, when you loved that person. 

“We’ve all picked up old photos like that we find in our bedroom that make you sit down and feel sad for a time that is lost, even if you don’t regret the relationship ending. 

“I’m definitely someone who spends a lot of time thinking about my past, and the feelings that I’ll never get back. Georgie’s there in this song to tell me to get over it, ffs.” 

The new EP explores feelings of stasis, the struggle between clinging on to what brings you down, and ultimately just letting go.

0171’s Change Nothing EP will be released on August 14th. Keep up with the pair on Facebook, Insta, Twitter and YouTube.

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