Charlotte Spiral share video for latest single ‘Out Of Here’
Release EP ‘New Light’
Dark-alt pop duo Charlotte Spiral share the video for their latest single ‘Out of Here’ directed by Thomas James (Honeyblood, Ghostpoet, Paloma Faith, etc), and release their evocative new EP, New Light. Confronting and examining loss, escapism, dissatisfaction and comparing oneself; the duo teamed up with Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey (Kae Tempest, Bat For Lashes, Sia) for production on the EP. The band impressed with their debut EP Ideal Life in February 2020, garnering widespread critical acclaim, a Union Chapel show in support of Alice Boman, a Rough Trade Recommends showcase, and support from BBC 6 Music.
‘Out Of Here’, which was co-produced over zoom with Dan Carey during the first lockdown, addresses a recurring situation – one that breeds a longing for escape. “There is something about doing things over and over again in a monotonous way that makes a situation feel worse than it is, and I wanted to portray this throughout the song,” says lead singer Amy Spencer.
For the video, Charlotte Spiral teamed up with director Thomas James to present a surrealist dramatisation of issues that are prevalent in society today. Two characters struggle to find purpose and meaning in their perceived mundane lives, reflecting a shared and parallel existence of loneliness and isolation. The video follows the characters as their paths ultimately cross; colliding in a cinematic and climactic dance that provides a shared escape from reality. This desire for escapism is echoed in the lyrics of the song, where the decision is made to break free from a monotonous cycle and take control of one’s own destiny.
The composition starts with these striking keys that pull you into the tender ambiance, then the powerful vocal notes and raw lyrics emerge. This is such a far-reaching and deeply personal exploration, intimate and impressionable.
Director Thomas James adds; “The track has such a beautiful and romantic quality; an elegance and sensuality – I wanted to explore this, but with an underlying ‘modern’ loneliness. A contemporary surreal heart-wrench.”
Charlotte Spiral is a collaboration between Amy Spencer and Avi Barath; two musicians that have been involved in multiple projects respectively before coming together to form the duo. The group’s debut EP Ideal Life confronted themes of self-hood, self-doubt, yet ultimately self-belief. The lead track, ‘Wide Eyed’, was produced by Charlotte Spiral and Dan Carey, evincing vocals that are lush and nostalgic, soaring above ethereal piano and polished production. The release garnered widespread praise from the likes of The Sunday Times, The Line of Best Fit, Music Week and BBC 6 Music, amongst others.