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Simian Mobile Disco Share Creepy NSFW Video for New Song “Hey Sister”

Murmurations Due Out May 11 via Wichita

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British electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco (James Ford and Jas Shaw) are releasing a new album, Murmurations, on May 11 via Wichita. Previously they shared a video for its first single, “Caught In a Wave” (which was one of our Songs of the Week). Now the band has shared a video for another song from the album, “Hey Sister.” It’s a creepy clip that features a woman in a dark passageway who comes across a strange topless man in a mask and two naked women who seem to be vampires. As with the “Caught In a Wave” video, Kiani Del Valle directed the “Hey Sister” clip, which is the second of three interconnected videos for the album. Watch it below.

Del Valle had this to say about the “Hey Sister” video in a press release: “I wanted to create an abstract allegory for personal battles of longing/searching. The choreographic sequences explore perseverance, failure and external magnetic forces and thereby display the emotional journey of our main female character…. I envisioned the lyrics of the song as voices that call our main character to ‘get closer’ or go further down this unknown path.”

Murmurations features London’s The Deep Throat Choir. A previous press release describes the album as such: “Murmurations is as perfectly pitched for headphones as it is for clubs, named after giant cloud formations of starlings and themed around the stunning emergent behaviors that appear within them.”

Del Valle had this to say about the three videos in a previous press release: “After [creative directors] Kazim [Rashid] and Carri [Munden] shared their concept of emergent behavior and communal techno-experience with me, I dreamt of a female character that moves through different emotional stages while she travels across environments between real life and the subconscious. This female character becomes the umbilical cord of the three chapters, spiraling in and out of first-person narratives. Each chapter explores three different forms of movement so as to reflect the various states of the psyche. Playing with the idea of murmurations, and communal frequencies leading us to psychological discoveries of oneself, these cycles ultimately remind us that endings are hidden beginnings taking us elsewhere. For ‘Caught In a Wave’ I wanted to explore the idea of chaos. I’ve been fascinated by mosh pits and have always been deeply moved by all the codes in its’ culture and the science of adrenaline and endorphin release. From pogo to slam dance and hardcore dancing, what mainly excites my eye is the physical impact and the sense of trust and commitment between strangers. Juxtaposing a mosh pit with a choreographed contemporary dance routine, I wanted to create an atmosphere for these two things to not only meet but also to elevate each other. The glue between the two also being the underlying friendship/love story where both characters are continually in the midst of a turning point.”

The Deep Throat Choir’s director Luisa Gerstein had this to say in a previous press release: “Working with James and Jas has been a total pleasure. It’s been exciting to combine our use of raw female voices with the electronic sensibilities of SMD - the conversation between the two, how they have informed and responded to one another. The result feels like something warm, rippling and kaleidoscopic!”

Simian Mobile Disco Tour Dates:

4/04 - London, UK @ The Barbican Centre (Tickets), Presenting Murmurations with The Deep Throat Choir
6/07 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
6/08 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
6/14 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune
6/15 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
6/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

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