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New Pagans Share Video For ‘Yellow Room’

Belfast band New Pagans have released the video for their latest singe ‘Yellow Room’, which was also Steve Lamacq’s ‘Record Of The Week’ on BBC 6 Music. The video was directed by bassist Claire Miskimmin and the powerful visuals aim to highlight the plight that women face of being oppressed in a patriarchal society, in a kaleidoscopic yet darkly ethereal manner.

“'Yellow Room' is the fourth instalment in a series of self-made folk horror themed short films produced to accompany our music," explains singer Lyndsey. "Set in the stunning local surroundings of Northern Ireland, we tried to evoke a sense of dread and isolation in the expanse of nature. In stifling a woman's mind, we take away her liberty, as in the novel the song is based on - 'The Yellow Wallpaper'. It's about the facade and the masks we wear but break the surface and we find our protagonist's strength. She cuts herself free and is set adrift."

Both the track and video take inspiration from the novel, The Yellow Wallpaper, by American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which is celebrated as an important piece of early American feminist literature which focuses on attitudes towards mental and physical health of women in the 19th century.

The band use their creative influence to challenge past and present issues surrounding relationships, equality, history, and gender, all wrapped up in their alternative, post-punk, indie rock style.

With ‘Yellow Room’ the band tackle another important topic surrounding the issue of motherhood within the music industry and the lack of support for women with perinatal mental health needs. In particular the need for specialised parent-and-baby mental health units in Northern Ireland; something which has been improved in England, Scotland and Wales.

This often-muted subject is something that personally hits home with lead singer and lyricist Lyndsey McDougall who is a mother herself.

“We hope everyone can become a little more comfortable with this topic, we personally want to see the narratives of mothers/parents/carers included and considered in every industry. We need to ask ourselves why we are so uncomfortable with discussing it and why we feel it’s not relevant.

“Motherhood doesn’t define me but it definitely shouldn’t be something I hide or feel ashamed about. We need to challenge the perception that women who become mothers have less to add to the conversation.”

 

 

Suuns Announce New EP

Suuns are back with a new EP, Fiction, set for release October 30 via Joyful Noise Recordings. The band shared lead single ‘Pray’ from the record. Speaking about the new track, Liam O'Neil of Suuns said: "We recorded ‘Pray’ in the heat of the Dallas summer in 2015 with our mate John Congleton. We loved it. It was the best song we recorded for our 2016 album Hold/Still, but it didn't make the cut, probably because we loved it so much and thought we had an even better version of it in us. We subsequently tried to record multiple versions of this song, none of which captured the unhinged energy of this live-off-the-floor performance. Discovering this lost jam and its power felt like a reminder to keep in the moment and to trust ourselves - you just have to keep moving forward".

Suuns are future-oriented. New sounds, new techniques, new ways of thinking; above all, new environments are the lifeblood of the band. Whether in a sweltering studio in Dallas with John Congelton, self-recording in Montreal's storied Breakglass Studio, or playing acoustic instruments at Hotel 2 Tango, the group’s environment has always had an indelible impact on the sound of whatever future Suuns are imagining at the time. And true to form, here on Fiction EP, Suuns are exploring fresh processes as a result of their current surroundings and global circumstances.

On Fiction, new sounds and sonic directions are fashioned out of old. A year-long period of limited resources and contact inspired the band to reflect on the various environments in which they've created music over the years: to comb through their previous sounds and creative approaches, and fuse them together with new ideas, ultimately producing a sort of future/past alchemy. Fiction is as much a project of curation as it is one of creation: sifting, re-imagining, and re-framing, sometimes completely disassembling and then building from the ground up. Each song is a live-off-the-floor recording that was then taken into isolation and re-worked. It's the sound of Suuns regrouping, and then poised, and then driving towards the future, which will also involve a new album set to be released in 2021.

FICTON track list:

1. Look

2. Breathe (Feat. Jerusalem In My Heart)

3. Pray

4. Fiction

5. Death (Feat. Amber Webber)

6. Trouble Every Day

 

 

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