WL//WH Video Of The Day: FIRESTATIONS “Undercover” (Official Video)

Video of the Day FIRESTATIONS

Walthamstow, London five-piece Dream-Pop denizens, made up of Michael Cranny, Laura Copsey, Martin Thompson, Tom Hargreaves and, taking the place of Giles Littleford, Neil Walsh, return with an early sparkling foretaste, titled  “Undercover”, taken from their first album in five years, “Thick Terrain”, scheduled for release on July 14, 2023 via Lost Map.

The band’s sound teeters effortlessly between genres from breezy Shoegazey Indie to enveloping Synth Pop and, as for “Undercover”, harmony-driven reflective Psychedelia.

Over the ten tracks–ranging from cyclical hypnotic sci-fi numbers to addictive dream-pop jangle–the band explore themes of identity, conflict, progress and sanity, or the lack of it. “Where is the joy? Is it over? Where is the joy? Still undercover?

Introspective lyrics bring light to a darkened realm of depression and anxiety, where existence goes to heal before re-emerging from an overwhelming shadow of fear and pain.

Deep quiet penetrating frequencies lay the foundation for mercurial icy bright keyboard melodies, energetic swaying guitar strings, humming, throbbing bass lines, and soft steady drum beats, to morph into a spacious, comforting, rousing orchestration around dual angsty male-female vocal harmonies, releasing breathless doubt and dread into a cathartic flow, stirred by a wailing six-string lead poignancy, of intensifying emotional sentience and discovery.

Thought-provoking visuals by Sam Wisternoff alternate somber organic introspections with overstimulating external devices to sync seamlessly with the psychological nuance of the soundtrack. Colorful, engaging slot machines, symbolic illustrations, and selfish celebrations shuffle with stoic human intimacy to point out the negative influence that manufactured desire and ecstasy have on personal growth and sharing.

Firestations‘ forthcoming album, “Thick Terrain“, is due out on July 14, 2023, on limited edition 12″ vinyl, already on pre-order at the Lost Map website.

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