Solomon Grey reveal ‘Sweet 84’ single video
+ Debut album released on 18th March 2016
“Solomon Grey have long been on our radar, but with the upcoming release of their glorious full length LP, it would be a total travesty for them not be on everyone’s playlists soon” Notion
“Solomon Grey deserve to be in the limelight, this band is just brilliant.” The Line Of Best Fit.
“The duo find the perfect balance of fusing together beauty and gloom to create something brilliant and fresh. “Earmilk
“Delicate, Layered & Captivating.” Shortlist
“Absolutely beautiful.” Lauren Laverne
Solomon Grey are London duo Joe Wilson and Tom Kingston who have just revealed the video to their new dark, 80’s electronic pop-infused‘Sweet 84’ single. The video for ‘Sweet 84’ directed by Junior Martinez, takes a surreal look at an innocent 80’s childhood, where a child playing with her toys starts to make sense of the world.
The band says of the making of the video;
“When we were writing sweet 84 we got obsessed with our childhoods and the memories we still held onto. Our parents watching the news, being held up on their shoulders, the perspective of a child’s point of view, falling asleep in the back of the car and being carried into bed while sleeping, becoming aware of the wider world and its enormity. It became a mish mash of this weird unnerving experience we were relieving through Sweet 84 and director Junior Martinez just ran with it. He has done a great job of bringing to life what was in our heads when we wrote. It mirrors a lot of what our own children’s experiences must be now, and what they must be taking in from the world around them.”
You can watch the video for ‘Sweet 84’ here
‘Sweet 84’ is taken from their long awaited self-titled debut album on 18th March 2016 via Decca Records. The band have just announced a support tour with Above and Beyond and will appearing live at The Royal Albert Hall on May 5th 2016 amongst other UK & international dates.
Although predominately an electronic album, ‘Solomon Grey’ is a rich and diverse body of work which showcases their expansive and cinematic production skills. Echoes of dark 80’s pop, soul and folk songs reside comfortably amongst layered synths, sweeping strings and waterfalls of gentle pianos led by Wilson’s attention grabbing vocals.
Alongside ‘Sweet 84’, stand-out tracks range the more angular sounding ‘Electric Baby’ to the more M83 soundscape inspired ‘Broken Light,’ to the melancholy multi-vocal layered folk sounding song ‘Choir To the World’ which layers and builds to a crescendo of sublime strings and synths.
In their own words; “We wanted to create something with the breadth of emotion and depth that some of our favourite albums encompass. The music and songs just naturally became more and more layered the more we worked on them and bit by bit we learnt how to self-produce and carve out the sound we wanted. The album touches on a lot of things but put together the whole thing ended up reflecting our journey from a very dark place and the metamorphoses we went through over the years of writing and travelling, trying to get it finished.”
Solomon Grey first came to public attention at the tail end of 2012, when their track ‘Firechild’ appeared online to a great reaction and resulted in their first record deal with Black Butter Records. Their debut single ‘Gen V’ saw Solomon Grey hailed one of Britain’s most exciting new electronic acts with support from Radio 1 and BBC6 Music alongside The Line Of Best Fit, Wonderland & Hunger.
The release of debut single ‘Gen V’ was supposed to begin the slow build to Solomon Grey’s debut ‘pop’ album, but they don’t do things by convention and their soundtrack work put paid to those plans. First the Irish Tourist Board hired them to soundtrack a film of The Wild Atlantic Way, a 2500km continuous coast road up the west coast of Ireland. Next, they recorded the soundtrack for a BFI-funded film called Gozo, due for release in 2016. Then came The Casual Vacancy call from the BBC with the music released as part of a collection of their work to date on their ‘Selected Works Compilation.’
Constantly creating Solomon Grey are more of a sonic brand than a band carving out a niche alongside other contemporary heavyweight composers like Nils Frahms and Johan Johansson. Most recently their work can be heard on the trailer for Palm D’Or winner Dheepan by esteemed director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet) watch here.
Solomon Grey will be appearing live at the following venues:
Sunday 3rd April – Eagle Inn, Manchester
Monday 4th April – Green Door Store, Brighton
Tuesday 5th April – The Louisiana, Bristol
Wednesday 6th April – Electrowerkz, London
Tickets on sale from solomongrey.net/#live
TOUR DATES w/ ABOVE & BEYOND MAY 2016
May 01- Manchester, Albert Hall
May 05- London, The Royal Albert Hall
May 11 – Chicago Theatre, Chicago
May 12 – Chicago Theatre, Chicago
May 14 – Massey Hall, Toronto
May 15 – Massey Hall, Toronto
May 17 – The Wang, Boston
May 20 – Beacon Theatre, New York
May 21 – Beacon Theatre, New York
May 22 – Beacon Theatre, New York
May 26 – Greek Theatre, Berkeley
May 27 – Greek Theatre, Berkeley
May 28 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles
May 30 – School Night, Bardot, Los Angeles
SOLOMON GREY AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER VIA:
Official Store | iTunes
“SWEET 84” Available on Spotify