Jullian Records and Brooklyn-based indie-rock band GIRL SKIN have shared the brand new music video for You’re A Freak. It’s the latest single to be lifted from the band’s acclaimed debut album, ‘Shade is on the other side’ (stream and purchase here). A song deemed “a celebration of all of the beautiful freaks and the gorgeous outsiders” by frontman Sid Simons and recalling the moody and atmospheric nature of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Darklands-era, You’re A Freak was beautifully shot in an abandoned gymnasium in the basement of an old church in Brooklyn. Watch the music video for You’re A Freak via YouTube below.
More about ‘Shade is on the other side’
Written and recorded by Simons – along with contributions from his band mates – at his Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn home, ‘Shade is on the other side’ combines elements of fragile folk and delicate art-rock to create ethereal chamber-pop songs that fearlessly revel in Simons’ most private thoughts. Musically, the album exists somewhere between monumental British statements such as All Things Must Pass and The Man Who, where quiet and tender folk meets dramatic guitar-pop.
The album was led by Forever & Always, a supple ode to love and a track NPR Music called ‘elegantly dramatic” which was accompanied by a visual created by Idle House that gives a nod to the hazy days of fall, culling nostalgic inspiration from classic, daydream-like clips by The Style Council, Mazzy Star, The Flaming Lips, Oasis and more. Watch the music videos for album singles Forever & Always, Soft Gun and Darling on YouTube here.
When you record an album in your bedroom, the resulting music will inevitably reflect the intimacy of that space. And so it is with the songs that make up GIRL SKIN’s debut album, ‘Shade is on the other side’ – 11 tracks of thoughtful folk-rock that is just as much a throwback as it is a forward-thinking body of work. From the yearning of Forever & Always, the album’s lead single which features frontman Sid Simons’ timeless voice front-and-center, and gentle strumming of the hazy Bite Real Hard to the expansive grandeur of She Said, ‘Shade is on the other side’ is an elegant mosaic of musical touchstones presented by a young and talented band who is openly coming into their own.
Informed by Simons’ unorthodox life journey which has taken him from Portland, Australia, New York and to Shanghai, as well as through a rambling, two-month road trip he took around North America instead of finishing high school, the album receives contributions from his brother Stanley Simons (bass), Ruby Wang (violin), Wyatt Mones (lead guitar), Sophie Cozine (keys/harmonies) and Noah Boling (drums).
“I wanted these songs to give listeners a layered experience,” Simons says of the album as a whole. “There’s the first intuitive reaction which I wanted to be joyful and optimistic. But then, as they listened further, other emotions would come to the fore: Darker, more complex emotions that give the songs breadth and depth. And I’m excited by the different interpretations people are having to the same song, some feeling the darker shades, others feeling the lighter ones.”