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Caroline Polachek Shares Video for “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings”

Pang Due Out October 18 via Columbia

Oct 02, 2019 Caroline Polachek
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Caroline Polachek (formerly of Chairlift) is releasing a new solo album, Pang, on October 18 via Columbia. Now she has shared a video for the album’s previously shared single “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings.” Polachek co-directed the video with Matt Copson, and it features her making unique movements (sometimes akin to line dancing moves) to the song in a set that resembles a cave. Watch it below, followed by her upcoming tour dates.

Polachek had this to say about the video in a press release: “The song is about being painfully far away from someone you’re crazy about but still trying to keep your cool, which as everyone knows is a private kind of hell. I was thinking about the watercolor scenes in Ren and Stimpy where they’d depict the inside of their minds, and also the sequence in Disney’s Little Mermaid when Ariel’s voice gets pulled out of her…it’s all so psychological. But the thing about personal hell is there’s a lot of time to kill and there’d better be a dance routine…so I played with the shapes from American line dancing and Scottish folk dance - they both have lots of kicking and stomping and hands on hips.”

Previously Polachek shared three songs from Pang. “Ocean of Tears” and “Parachute” were shared when the album was announced, with “Ocean of Tears” making our Songs of the Week list. Then she shared a video for “Ocean of Tears” and the audio for “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” (which was also one of our Songs of the Week). The album also includes the previously shared single “Door.”

For Pang Polachek has collaborated with producer/composer Danny L Harle. “Parachute” was the first song written for the album, with lyrics inspired by a dream Polachek had “in which she accepts her own death only to find herself saved,” as a press release puts it.

“It was an incredible moment, realizing that this melody we’d written was unintentionally re-telling a dream I’d been shaken by,” says Polachek in the press release. “I went home, re-drafted the words to fit, and came back to the studio at 1am to record the vocal the same day. And that’s the take we kept. From that moment on, Dan and I knew we had a lot more work to do together.”

Polachek adds: “‘Parachute’ is about the total trust that only comes with total emergency. Like a mayfly trying its wings for the first time over a large body of water full of hungry fish… and the wings work.”

“Ocean of Tears” was the last song written for the album. The song was written by Caroline Polachek, Nate Campany, and Kyle Shearer and produced by Caroline Polachek, Danny L Harle, and Valley Girl, with additional production by A. G. Cook.

In the press release Polachek says, “‘Ocean of Tears’ is dedicated to the sharp pain of being in love with someone far away, and the maddening doubt that comes with it.”

She adds: “I’d really like someone to figure skate to this at the 2022 Winter Olympics.”

Pang will be Polachek’s first album released under her own name, although she did release, Arcadia, a solo album as Ramona Lisa, in 2014, as well as an instrumental Ramona Lisa album, Drawing the Target Around the Arrow in 2017. Chairlift announced in 2016 that they were splitting up and they played some final shows in 2017.

Caroline Polachek Tour Dates:

10/24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
10/27 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/30 - London, UK @ Hoxton Hall
10/31 - Berlin, Germany @ Burg Schnabel
11/02 - Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Paris
11/03 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
01/01 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
02/01 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

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