Ah, the good old house party. The social breeding ground for teenagers, an excuse to indulge in wine and cheese for their parents. Drinks, dancing, socialising and creepy David Lynch vibes. Wait a sec, that last one seemed a bit out of place. The video for Corners from Slow Turismo would suggest otherwise. Today the Canberra five piece are premiering the ambiguous new clip for their latest single and it is one hell of a trip.
Slow Turismo unleash their mysterious video for Corners. The clip compliments the dynamic song and has some seriously creepy David Lynch vibes
First a bit of backstory. Slow Turismo hail from our nation’s capital and tout themselves as sitting in the genre of ‘elegant post-funk’. This could be a joke, but they certainly got the elegant part right. The arrangements on the songs are quite dynamic. They have an uncanny ability to switch from pretty indie pop one moment and an abrasive aesthetic the next without feeling jarring. But the elegance, that’s the winning element to be found. Nothing in their music feel rushed, it’s all choreographed like a beautiful dance. Which brings us to their latest offering Corners.
Corners on the surface is supposedly another pretty indie pop song. The shiny guitars and vocals all seem to point this way. The melody soars and shines as all catchy indie pop does. Before things get too predictable the tone shifts following the first chorus as everything is tripped ways save the pulsing beat and vocals. The song takes on a completely new dynamic becoming more intimate. As proceedings begin to ramp up towards the crescendo the keys in the track become more prevalent. They have a creepy vibe to them that manages to undercut the otherwise joyful melody of the song.
The music video is an entirely different beast in it’s own right. There’s a reason David Lynch was mentioned earlier, and I wouldn’t be surprised if his work didn’t have some influence on the concept behind Corners. Opening to a black screen we cut to an armchair in what appears to be a white, circular room with the ceiling missing allowing the sunlight to bore through. Let me tell, you that is one ominous looking armchair. From there we move through the narrative of our young heroes heading out to house party.
The use of slow motion and blurring gives the video a heightened sense of awareness as everything occurring at this run of the mill party. The themes of isolation and longing are translated incredibly well to the film in this regard. The ending is some serious Mullholland Drive shit, and I won’t try embarrass myself trying to decipher it’s meaning here. Have a geez and let us know what you think.
Slow Tursimo are currently out on tour and you can catch them on the dates below.
Sydney – Thursday 19 March, Brighton Up Bar
Canberra – Friday 20 March, Transit Bar
Lennox Heads – Friday 17 April, The Lennox Hotel
Brisbane – Saturday 18 April, The Bearded Lady
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