New video ‘Renaissance’ out now
via Anti-Ghost Moon Ray
“Glimmering gloom that is good for what ails you” – Stereogum
“A wistful haze of cathartic noise” – SPIN
“Moonlit melancholy” – The Line Of Best Fit
“Compelling” – Q Magazine
Blissful and retrocentric, Great Pagans produce finely tuned dream-pop with effortless grace and character. New video ‘Renaissance’ is out now and marks a promising direction for the already critically acclaimed act.
Formed around the songwriting of frontman Alex Painter, Great Pagans are part of the highly creative Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective/label based in Brighton. Anti-Ghost Moon Ray are concerned with cultivating a carefully curated release catalogue, and as a co-founding member (alongside fellow acts Gazelle Twin, Acquaintanceand Bernholz) Alex and the band adhere to the central ethos of independence and artistic freedom.
‘Renaissance’ is a dreamily hopeful eulogy to the end of the world. The song imagines escaping to watch it all crumble from afar only to rebuild itself again. It recallsAngelo Badalamenti, wistful pop and Berlin era Bowie, swelling to a melancholic shoegaze crescendo. The single follows their last; ‘Cupid Untethered’, released by LA’sManimal Vinyl, sharing a roster with the likes of Warpaint, Bat For Lashes and Yoko Ono.
The recording of the band’s latest single reasserts their DIY philosophy, taking place in a variety of makeshift spaces, including churches and warehouses, being mixed between Brighton and Vancouver, Canada.
Great Pagans have shared stages with acts including Wolf Alice, Ticercub, Esben & The Witch, and Younghusband as well as recording an acclaimed Daytrotter session.