Doldrums channel vintage space cinema in the video for Limerance

Doldrums heads to outer space in the hand-crafted video for new single Limerance.

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Space is the eternal inspiration, from Bowie to Beach House, many a musician has imagined the sound of the stars over the course of pop music history. Hell, just a few months ago Sufjan Stevens teamed up with Bryce Dresner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister for an entire album about space. Now, the latest contribution to 2017’s space soundtrack comes from Montreal’s Doldrums, aka Airick Asher Woodhead, and his new single ‘Limerance’.

A tripped-out, gently pulsating track, ‘Limerance’ blends the star-gazing tendencies of psychedelic rock with the electronic imagination of artists like Gold Panda or even Four Tet, conjuring up whirling synths that drive the track forward. Woodhead’s vocals stretch and warp while the bass distorts and melodies fizz up and fade. The track’s accompanying video continues the theme, taking its cue from vintage space films with handmade props and flickering black and white imagery. The result is a visual that’s somewhere between early 20th-century sci-fi and the video for Smashing Pumpinks’ ‘Tonight, Tonight’ in the best possible way.

Speaking about the video Woodhead said “David Kleiser’s video for ‘Limerence’ is a home-made masterpiece, featuring Thunderbirds-like toy figures he made of me on an alien planet, a Barbarella-esque zero gravity sequence and this flower spaceship that I pilot through a portal which explodes out of my own chest (w tons-o blood). Kleiser has been playing drums with me this tour, and it’s been fun making things with him, feels pretty casual and was made for like zero money, just lots of care, from the new LP which we self-released and handmade the artwork for. “Limerence” is a really crucial song on the album – writing it was me working through a conception of love that was healthy vs one that was unhealthy. It’s a beautiful word, too. It describes a situation where you are addicted to someone, mentally or physically, to the point where your body rewards you when you interact with them and the situations that that can lead you into.”

Doldrums plays:
26/10 – Paris – Olympic Cafe
27/10 – Brussels – Chaff
28/10 – Bristol – Hy Brasil
29/10 – London – Oslo Hackney
30/10 – Cardiff – The Moon
31/10 – Manchester – Rebellion
02/11 – Karlsruhe – Substage
03/11 – Zurich – Rote Fabrik
04/11 – Vienna – Fluc
05/11 – Brno – Fleda
06/11 – Krakow – Klub RE
07/11 – Warsaw – Poglos
08/11 – Sopot – Dwie Zmiany
09/11 – Poznan – Pod Minoga
10/11 – Berlin – Urban Spree
11/11 – Copenhagen – Sorte Firkant Musicfestival

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