As a final teaser before the release of their new album ‘Foothills’ on 13 November 2020 through Flying Nun Records, The Bats have released a final single with a video for the track ‘Gone To Ground’.

And, in their usual fashion, it is the most delightful, gentle and immersive track: guitars jangle, harmonies flow like molten butter.

The addition of a haunting e-bow adds another dimension. Songwriter and singer for the band, Robert Scott, says of the track:

Hide and seek, do we want to be found…. maybe not. Many people have gone to ground in these tricky times. A slight sense of unease pervades the song with the spooky strains of an E bow filtering through the trees. You could walk the marshes and go far. It’s funny how you can draw connections between fictitious tales and present day life.

The accompanying video is sweet and simple and very enigmatic (like the band itself). Scenes of spinning objects, spilling objects and splitting wood are all topped and tailed by a burning guitar:

With tracks ‘Another Door‘ and ‘Warwick‘ already released, the anticipation for the album ‘Foothills’ is building.

‘Foothills’ was recorded in Spring 2018 at a country retreat pop-up studio. At that time, 15 songs were recorded in the Canterbury foothills of the Southern Alps, Aotearoa (New Zealand). The dramatic landscape a fitting tableaux from which to work from.

You can download/stream ‘Gone to Ground’ here and preorder the album here. Look out for our review of the album and interview with the band.

Foothills Track List:

1.Trade In Silence
2.Warwick
3. Beneath The Visor
4. Scrolling
5. Another Door
6. Red Car
7. Field of Vision
8. Change Is All
9. As You Were
10. Smaller Pieces
11. Gone to Ground
12. Electric Sea View