Melbourne singer-songwriter and producer Banoffee returns with a shimmering new single Tapioca Cheeks and accompanying video. The track was written just before the COVID-19 pandemic, during her last LA studio session with PC Music’s French, synth-pop, shoegazers Planet 1999. ‘Tapioca Cheeks’ is a post-relationship love dedication of a sort, to someone who is seemingly unlovable.
Banoffee (aka Martha Brown) says of the song: “It’s about the fears that come with diving in with someone. How love can be awful as well as wonderful at the same time, because it’s just so damn scary.”
Filmed after a tumultuous breakup, the ‘Tapioca Cheeks’ video, co-directed by Phebe Schmidt, is sensitively choreographed to convey, through tears of emotion, a transition from heartbreak. Banoffee worked with choreographer Natalie Rambaldi to frame her emotions through dance, communicating subliminally with each subtle, seamless motion.
“Tapioca Cheeks is a song about the inescapable feeling of loving someone who doesn’t love you back. I made the video with these feelings in mind. The bubbles signifying a feeling I cannot help but expel from my body, a love that is involuntary” –Banoffee.
‘Tapioca Cheeks’ is the first music from Banoffee since she collaborated with Sydney producer Perto on I Miss You. This shortly followed her debut album of early 2020, Look At Us Now Dad, which received widespread support and featured collaborations with SOPHIE, Empress Of, Cupcakke and Umru. The record was a gleaming, uplifting and hopeful journey away from a traumatic, difficult time for Banoffee, winning her international acclaim from Billboard, Stereogum, Rolling Stone and NME.
‘Tapioca Cheeks’ is out now.