Dutch Uncles share "Streetlight" video

Dutch Uncles share "Streetlight" video

DUTCH UNCLES SHARE “STREETLIGHT” VIDEO

VIDEO PREMIERED BY NOISEY AS PART OF IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW FEATURE

 

Dutch Uncles have unveiled the music video for “Streetlight”, the centrepiece of their acclaimed fifth album Big Balloon (out now on Memphis Industries). The single was recently a mainstay of the BBC Radio 6 Music playlist, and its video premiered today on Noisey as part of in-depth interview feature with vocalist and lyricist Duncan Wallis.
It was directed by Nick Middleton, who also shot the visuals for singles “Big Balloon” and “Oh Yeah” but, in a departure from the style of these videos, the “Streetlight” film does not feature the band themselves. Duncan Wallis explains why:
“Streetlight” felt like it demanded a more cinematic visual so have our mugs involved would’ve only distracted, or even muddied, that vision. The trust and experiences we’ve shared with our dear friend Nick made him a perfect candidate to handle the exposed nature of the song. He sort of hit the nail on the head with the idea of falling in love with a streetlight, as it really is that literal an analogy within the song. Sort of…”

Instead, the video stars Brasilian dancer Gabriela Flarys. It was shot in various locations across London. Nick Middleton:
“I imagined a girl falling in love with a streetlight. The song is about the end of a relationship, but I wanted to tell it from the point of view of the ex-lover, so what we see are their memories and jealousies. I asked Gabriela to look at the camera as if it were her lover and her enemy. She’s a fantastic performer and can convey a lot with just a look. I still haven’t seen the film she was in with Vincent Cassel.”

Video credits:

Director: Nick Middleton

Featuring: Gabriela Flarys

Camera: Nye Williams

Stylist: Linda Rocco

 

About Big Balloon

Taking musical inspiration from Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes, Low-era David Bowie, some other slightly-less fashionable records belonging to their Dads, as well as the eastern European techno discovered by Richards while working in Ukraine earlier this year, the subjects tackled on the Big Balloon LP include austerity cuts, therapy, fried chicken, paranoia and coming to terms with loneliness. It is the fifth Dutch Uncles studio album and the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed O Shudder record.

“Dutch Uncles have claimed David Bowie as the chief inspiration for Big Balloon, and it makes sense. He was another musician in whom it was worth putting your trust even if you had no idea what he was going on about half the time.” – The Times
“The Salford band have shed some of their lithe, shoulder-pad pop for something burlier and with greater intent: inspired by Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes, Low-era Bowie and eastern European techno, its songs barge in with urgency.” – The Guardian
“The Manchester art-poppers Dutch Uncles once referred to themselves as “just five Louis Therouxs”, adding: “Let’s enjoy it while it lasts.” With albums like this, they should be enjoying it for a long time.” – Sunday Times Culture
“Bumptiously abundant, this fifth outing by the Manc art poppers keeps the spirit of such career Brit forbears as XTC alive in Duncan Willis’ ambitious tunes.” – Daily Mirror
“A high-flying triumph.” – Uncut 8/10
“Dutch Uncles have served up a finger-lickin’ feast.” – DIY
“There is a real urgency to much of what’s on offer here – in particular, the funked up “Berlin Bowie” grooves of Combo Box, Streetlight and the title track.” – Q
“A catchy and consistent collection of idiosyncratic indie-pop tracks from a band who hopefully have another 9 years left in them.” Loud and Quiet

 

DUTCH UNCLES LIVE
28 July – Standon Calling Festival
12 August – Watergate Bay, Boardmasters Festival
09 September – New Mills Festival, Art Theatre
15 September – Newcastle, Home Gathering Festival
16 September – Ramsbottom, Head For The Hills Festival
11 November – Manchester, Albert Hall
02 December – Leeds, Brudenell (Us vs. Them 2017)

Dutch Uncles are Duncan Wallis, Robin Richards, Peter Broadhead and Andrew Proudfoot.

“Streetlight” video https://youtu.be/3eU5OSM-cNo
“Oh Yeah” video https://youtu.be/Yd7ymDpN3pA
“Big Balloon” video https://youtu.be/n_TQwB4f6Hk

 

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