London based indie-electronic Portuguese duo Vaarwell have returned with atmospheric new single Tomorrow. The track is accompanied by a contemplative visual clip, filmed and edited by Tomás Barão da Cunha, lifted from the forthcoming EP ‘Consume & Grow’ due to land in May 2021.
Tomorrow is the first song written after the band’s move to London. The song delves into the complex topic of depression, trying to lift up a loved one from a dark place and provide some light and support. They say: “This was the first song we wrote from scratch since moving to London. It follows the EP’s theme of nurture and care, and delves into the complicated topic of depression. I’ve been lucky to never had gone through it but have had so many people close to me struggle with depression. As an outsider to the disease and as a friend/family member, I have felt quite helpless at times, when all I wanted was to help and try to lift them up – even if naively so. I tried to write a song about this journey – acknowledging what they’re going through and validating the struggle, whilst trying to provide warmth, nurture and a feeling of company in the process of improving their mental health.” Watch the video clip via YouTube below.
About the visualiser: “Preparing this video was a little more of a challenge, as we wanted to film indoors but we couldn’t remove our masks. We started brainstorming with the director, Tomás Barão da Cunha and concluded that we saw ‘Tomorrow’ as the type of emotional song you’d listen to when commuting and reflecting on your day. From there, we decided to film a slow-motion visual of what was actually a very quick tube journey. We chose to slow things down so we could have time to focus on a very simple and otherwise mundane moment of the day, in which two strangers sit physically close to each other for a couple minutes and yet, are very distant as to what the other is going through internally. It’s interesting to think about how this can also be the case at home or at work, places where you spend most of your day surrounded by people you know.”
Since Vaarwell’s formation, the duo has received support from BBC Radio1, BBC6 Music, NHK (JPN) and P3 Sveriges (SE) as well as accolades from tastemaker press Stereogum, Complex, Clash and The Line of Best Fit.
They have also collaborated with Xinobi, co-writing and singing in the single Far Away Place, with over 5M streams on Spotify and placements on Netflix’s original series “Trinkets” and Grand Theft Auto 5 Online.
Following the success of their second EP ‘Early Rise’ (2019) and the singles, No Place for You and False Promises, Vaarwell performed at festivals such as SXSW, Waves Vienna, Rock in Rio Lisboa, Vodafone Paredes de Coura and NOS Alive.
Since their move to London in late 2020, the duo have written and self-produced a four track EP, ‘Consume & Grow’, to be released May 2021. The electro-pop record is a reflection of their new polished sound, influenced by the city’s atmosphere and the UK based electronic, alt-pop, r&b, and hip-hop music scene.
Tomorrow is out now.