Massage have shared the first video lifted from their upcoming ‘Still Life’ LP. The Half A Feeling video juxtaposes shots of the band driving around L.A. with the recollections of moving to California. Check out the video clip via YouTube below.
More about ‘Still Life’
On their sophomore effort, ‘Still Life,’ Los Angeles’ Massage manage to take a quantum leap forward in songwriting, production, and depth, all somehow without seeming to try. These 12 deft songs are full of late-summer sunlight and deep shadows, pained grins and shared jokes, shy declarations of love and quietly nursed heartbreak. ‘Still Life’ resurrects a brief, romantic moment in the late-’80s, right after post-punk and immediately before alt-rock, when it seemed like any scrappy indie band might stumble across a hit.
The kind of music Massage makes—sunny, bittersweet, tender—is less a proper genre than a minor zip code nested within guitar pop. Take a little There She Goes by the La’s, some If You Need Someone by the Field Mice; the honey-drizzled guitars from The Cure’s Friday I’m In Love, a Jesus & Mary Chain backbeat, and you’re almost all the way there. Indie pop, jangle pop, power pop—whatever you call it, pushing too hard scares the spirit right out of this sweet, diffident music, and Massage have a touch so light the songs seem to form spontaneously, like wry smiles.