Chorusgirl share animated collage video for “In Dreams” from new album Shimmer and Spin out 16 November via Reckless Yes – UK Tour in November

October 17, 2018


Share video for single “In Dreams”

Taken from new album Shimmer and Spin
Due out 16 November via Reckless Yes

UK Tour Dates:
9th Nov: London, The Victoria
16th Nov: Nottingham, Rough Trade
17th Nov: Sheffield, Audacious Art Experiment
18th Nov: Newcastle, Head of Steam
19th Nov: Glasgow, Broadcast
21st Nov: Oxford, Common Ground
22nd Nov: Bristol, Hydra Cafe
23rd Nov: Coventry, The Tin


London band Chorusgirl reveal their stunning new animated collage video for In Dreams, which was created by renowned animator Ruth Barrett. The track is taken from Chorusgirl’s forthcoming second album Shimmer and Spin due out on 16 November via Reckless Yes. The band will be heading out on the road in November.

The handmade stop motion video for “In Dreams” (premiered over at God Is In The TV) consists of an impressive 2500 manually cut out paper prints filmed using the strata stencil technique, an animation technique invented by Javan Ivey, and a further progression of the complicated strata cut technique first used by David Daniels. The video uses the red colour scheme of the album art for Shimmer and Spin and was inspired by the reverb-heavy shimmer of the band’s sound, rollercoaster rides, fireworks, dreams and all things spinning.

“In Dreams” is a song about feeling out of place. It’s a coming-of-age anthem about dreaming yourself out of the small town you grew up in; the place you never fit in. It is also the much more dreamy companion piece to the rather angry “This Town Kills” from the debut album, and describes someone who lives mostly in their dreams, day and night. It is about growing up, feeling unconnected and patiently waiting and vividly dreaming for your turn.

Shimmer and Spin by Chorusgirl is the album that overcame the odds. Their second full-length chronicles a tense year, created during a period of crippling anxiety and a relentless string of bad luck and bad news. On first listen these tensions are not immediately apparent but beyond the bright sparkling melodies there are beautifully crafted yet deceptively sharp icebergs lying in wait.
London-based Chorusgirl features German-born songwriter Silvi Wersing, with Udo Westhoff on bass and Michael Boyle on drums. They were recently joined by Faith Taylor of Suggested Friends on lead guitar, who fleshed out the sound by sharing vocal duties and writing two songs on the album. With their sound rooted in shimmering indiepop with an undercurrent of darkness, Chorusgirl blend the sparkle of 80s bands like The Cure and the Cocteau Twins, with the close harmonies and surf-inspired indie of Dum Dum Girls and La Luz. The lyrics run from the abstract to the personal, are delicate and angry, but layered underneath a measured dose of noise and happy fizz.
Legendary indiepop label Fortuna POP! released their eponymously titled debut album in 2015 to great critical success. The first single “Oh, To Be A Defector” was playlisted by BBC 6Music, and the album ended up on many end-of-year lists, made it into the Rough Trade Top 10 of the month, and a video was shortlisted for the London Short Film Festival.

The moment they had started writing the second album, an extraordinary string of bad luck happened that lasted more than a year. As Silvi explains, “There was barely a month without bad news on a personal and wider level, and at the end of that year, my anxiety started to spike badly. The album became a very important anchor. Every note and lyric were raked over and looked at twice; we were hacking and honing away at the songs for months, trying to craft some sort of sculpture of our state of mind.”

While tension runs through the album, there are plenty of bright pop hooks to enjoy. The music has a way of touching the soul and reaching sublime peaks.


Shimmer and Spin

1. In Dreams
2. No Goodbye
3. Vor dem Fall
4. Demon Baby
5. Love is Like
6. Not Yours
7. Stuck
8. Kinetic Theory
9. Stitches

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