Following the intrepid rhythms of last year’s ‘Down the Slopes,’ Manchester’s most-exciting underground revellers return. This time turning up the kitsch of the ’60s and beaming in the rays, ‘Slipping Away‘ is a bold blaze of confidence. After the ubiquitous single unveiling last week, Bitter Sweet Symphonies is pleased to reveal the first play of the accompanying visuals.
Foraging through the archives, the band stumbled upon miraculous film footage from some old Russian stock tape. Mirroring South Island Son’s ever-present tropical leanings, the nautical-themed visuals narrate a joyful melange of pastel hues and freakishly on-beat choreography (just watch). It’s all delightfully carefree.
The track itself, taking cues from some of indie’s dreamiest dreamboats: Deerhunter / Real Estate / Whitney, is an honest reflection of the band demonstrating clear ambition. No moseying by the side of the pool or cowering in the corner, South Island Son are here to be heard. The guitars, especially prominent, work singularly and together to sketch out an oscillating path of detailed romantic destruction – whilst remaining decidedly chirpy on the ear. By the time we reach the final notes, we are perfectly glee yet also wracked with guilt. An outcome not many could achieve so acutely and potently.
To celebrate the release of new material, the band are taking over Manchester’s Soup Kitchen for a night of festivities on Thursday 5th April. Exclusively for BSS readers, South Island Son are kindly offering up the chance to win a t-shirt and signed poster to anyone who joins their mailing list and buys a ticket to the EP launch show. So don’t dally, sign up to the mailing list (here) and buy your ticket (here).
‘Slipping Away’ is the first single to be taken from South Island Son’s upcoming EP, due for release on 5th April via Sideways Saloon Records. But if you can’t wait ’til then, the single is available to Stream/Purchase right now.