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Watch: Dutch Uncles - “Streetlight” Video

Big Balloon Out Now via Memphis Industries

Jul 11, 2017 Dutch Uncles
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British art-pop quartet Dutch Uncles released a new album, Big Balloon, earlier this year via Memphis Industries. Now they have shared a video for “Streetlight.” It doesn’t feature the band, but instead stars Brazilian dancer Gabriela Flarys as she dances around London, including in Tube stations, and interacts with various streetlights. Frequent Dutch Uncles collaborator Nick Middleton directed the clip. Watch it below, followed by the band’s upcoming tour dates.

In a press release Dutch Uncles frontman Duncan Wallis explains why the band isn’t featured in the video: “‘Streetlight’ felt like it demanded a more cinematic visual so have our mugs involved would’ve only distracted, or even muddied, that vision. The trust and experiences we’ve shared with our dear friend Nick made him a perfect candidate to handle the exposed nature of the song. He sort of hit the nail on the head with the idea of falling in love with a streetlight, as it really is that literal an analogy within the song. Sort of…”

Middleton had this to say about the video in a press release: “I imagined a girl falling in love with a streetlight. The song is about the end of a relationship, but I wanted to tell it from the point of view of the ex-lover, so what we see are their memories and jealousies. I asked Gabriela to look at the camera as if it were her lover and her enemy. She’s a fantastic performer and can convey a lot with just a look. I still haven’t seen the film she was in with Vincent Cassel.”

Previously the band shared Big Balloon‘s first single (and title track), “Big Balloon,” as well as a video for the song, and two other tracks, “Oh Yeah” and “Streetlight.” There was also as a Nick Middleton-directed video for “Oh Yeah” that featured some fantastic roller skating and dancing from Wallis. Plus Dutch Uncles traded remixes with British Sea Power.

The album is the follow-up to 2015’s excellent O Shudder. A previous press release said the band took “musical inspiration from Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes, Low-era David Bowie, some other slightly-less fashionable records belonging to their dads, and the eastern European techno discovered by [composer and bass player Robin] Richards while working in Ukraine this year.”

Read our 2016 Artist Survey interview with Dutch Uncles’ vocalist Duncan Wallis.

Dutch Uncles Tour Dates:

28 July - Standon Calling Festival
12 August - Watergate Bay, Boardmasters Festival
09 September - New Mills Festival, Art Theatre
15 September - Newcastle, Home Gathering Festival
16 September - Ramsbottom, Head For The Hills Festival
11 November - Manchester, Albert Hall
02 December - Leeds, Brudenell (Us vs. Them 2017)

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