WL//WH Video Of The Day: SISSY SPACE ECHO & THE INVISIBLE COLLABORATORS “Song For Jennifer”

Video Of The Day  Sissy Space Echo & The Invisible Collaborators

Born in 2019 from the smouldering ashes of the electronic combo Girl One And The Grease Guns, albeit with secretive roots in early 00s cult noise guitar pop outfits such as Pop Threat, The Manhattan Love Suicides, and The Blanche Hudson Weekend, the equally enigmatic Leeds, UK-based Indie/Synth Pop act, Sissy Space Echo & The Invisible Collaborators comprised of the imaginative stage names, Sissy Space Echo, Warren Betamax, Charles Bronson Burner, and Bruce LeeFax, are going to drop their debut 11-track album, “From A Land Of Glass Without Mirrors”, scheduled for release in September 2023 via Greek independent label Old Bad Habits Label (limited edition white Vinyl edition) and the band’s own imprint Next Phase: Normal Records (limited edition CD with bonus tracks), teased by a promotional video constructed by Jon Aldersea /Goldphone Creative Media for the opening trackSong For Jennifer”.

Sissy Space Echo & The Invisible Collaborators would not have been out of place in the early 1980s on labels such as Mute Records with their excursions into New Wave influenced compositions, but they also quite often display a keen knowledge of 1960s rock in a handful of their songs. This sonic amalgamation – mixing the stark and the bleak with the shiny and melodic – has certainly caused people to sit up and take notice since this most elusive and mysterious of bands released their debut 7” single in late 2019.

“Song For Jennifer” views life through an honest lens of melancholy and realism to deliver a dismal overall mood, dazzled with slivers of hope, stirring up sonorous droning bass undulations, plodding punchy beats, along solemn flashing and chiming icy synth-lines atop sad atmospheric vocals, emerging, stoically, into warm serene swathes, eliciting bittersweet feelings of leaving something behind whilst looking at the dawn of a new horizon.

A lonely, reflective walk by Sissy Space Echo through the cobblestone back alleyways of Stoke-On-Trent, imagined and captured by Jon Aldersea, manifests the modern dystopic headspace of synthetic and organic landscapes being fused beyond recognition. Blurry shapeshifting layers of depth defying perception ignite disturbing, surreal thought forms by projecting a false, manufactured narrative of destruction over a somber black and white natural setting, where nothing really seems out of place, except for the disconnection from the fantastical insights of the newfound virtual world.

Sissy Space Echo & The Invisible Collaborators‘ forthcoming album, “From A Land Of Glass Without Mirrors”, is due out on 18th September via Old Bad Habits Label (limited edition white Vinyl 12″ edition, already on pre-order on Bandcamp) and the band’s own imprint Next Phase : Normal Records (limited edition CD with bonus tracks, up for pre-order, within the next couple of weeks).

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