Recently announced on theÂ Bigsound 2022Â lineup and making waves with their exuberant stage presence and unapologetic indie-rock flair,Â Brisbane / Gold Coast-based outfit Girl and GirlÂ are back today with their newest singleÂ Divorce 2 and theatricalÂ music video accompaniment – premiering on YOUTUBE from 5:30pm.
Celebrated for their distinctive approach to their genre that matches sonic sophistication, rollicking rock moments, intergenerational influences and stirring lyricism, Girl and Girl are delivering intense vulnerability in their newest track, which explores fraught family relationships and repressed emotions.
â€œOn the way to the beach one day when I was 16, mum pulled over the car and told me and my sister that dad and her were getting a divorceâ€ says lead vocalistÂ Kai James. â€œDivorce 2 speaks a lot to my relationship with my father at that time, things I felt and things I wish I had said.â€
Dripping with emotion,Â Divorce 2Â moves with a slow-dancing intensity as measured percussion and languid riffs pave the way for Kaiâ€™s decadent vocals, before upping the pace in the chorus with janglyÂ Girl and Girl-styled indie-rock.
Paired with a theatrical music video directed byÂ Tayla Lauren Ralph, the trackâ€™s visuals expertly convey the songâ€™s meaning through absurdly light-hearted imagery and some endearing quirk, as Kai explains: â€œThe original concept is inspired by the final scene in the film â€˜Forgetting Sarah Marshallâ€™. I really loved the idea of juxtaposing the pure emotion and desperation in the lyrics and the music with a children’s puppet sat on my hand. Here we are, singing our hearts out about some of the most difficult parts of our lives, and one of us is a lookalike vampire puppet.â€Â
Director Tayla adds: â€œThe motivation for Divorce 2 for me was contrast and pushing the limits of absurdityâ€¦ As we begin to build tension, I wanted everything to feel like a funhouse mirror – youâ€™re seeing everything from the opposite perspective, emotionally vulnerable and a little unhinged.â€
Once again seeingÂ Girl and GirlÂ team up with frequent collaboratorÂ Alistair Richardson (Clea, Zefereli, The Cairos), Divorce 2 marks the final single release ahead ofÂ Girl and Girl’s upcomingÂ EP ‘Divorce’, scheduled to dropÂ inÂ late September.
Divorce 2 Launch Party
August 5 | Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane – TICKETS
Colossus Records 4th Birthday Party
August 19 | The Zoo, Brisbane w/ Mini Skirt, Square and Doggie Heaven – TICKETS
September 6-9 | Various Venues Across Fortitude Valley
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