DREAM POP SONGSMITHS PHANTOM ISLE SHARE NEW VIDEO AND ANNOUNCE LONDON HEADLINE SHOW
London Dreampop five piece Phantom Isle return with their long-awaited new video for ‘Four Walls’, reuniting with producer Michael Smith (Wolf Alice, Honey Lung and Weird Milk) who was at the desk for their previous record 'Focus'. The track has all the hallmarks of the band's punchy, yet atmospheric Kevin Parker-esque sound, with a stadium chorus that wouldn't sound out of place coming from The Killers. For fans of Tame Impala, The War On Drugs and Blossoms, this band are tomorrow’s stadium fillers. The video (directed by Leif Johnson) sees the band in an alternative world of colour, chaos and beauty inside their own minds, surrounded by glitchy flashes of colour, smoke...and roman statues.
Speaking about the song’s lyrics, brothers Peter and Matt Marchant say: “ There’s nothing we’d rather be doing than music for sure, but it’s a difficult path to success as any artist will tell you and this song is about some of those sacrifices that people make for their art and the impact that this can sometimes have on their lives. " The lyrics reflect on this: 'the people we love have no idea what the strangers are all about to hear' and 'it's not the rehearsal, there's no reversal'.
"The lyrics were inspired by that originally, but have had a new meaning and poignancy for us as Matt bravely continues to live with his illness; the way it tries to limit you is like the walls are closing in.” Matt was diagnosed with a brain tumour in February 2018.
He says: "This bass part that I wrote and knew top to bottom literally disappeared out of my memory, so it was a case of completely relearning it in the run up to recording the song, whilst I was still having treatment."
Peter says: "the track is moody, but is a positive symbol of how amazingly Matt and this whole band have been able carry on in the face of difficult times - to say we're proud of it would be a huge understatement".
Phantom Isle will headline Paper Dress Vintage in London on 14th June 2019
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