Dunes, an L.A. band that's become a fixture at the city's long-running DIY haven The Smell, provide sunshine in the form of weirdo psych-pop. Their music has summer air running through it, even though vocalist Stephanie Chan's acrobatic voice sounds straight out of the recesses of Cocteau Twins deep cuts territory. The video for "Runner," premiering today, was directed by Clare Kelly, and stars Chan and a slew of the group's friends and collaborators; members of Wavves, Lucky Dragons, among others, make cameos.
"The song is inspired by the concept of facing and challenging your perceived destiny, running towards versus running away, running as an empowering act," Dunes told The FADER over email. "We shot the video all around L.A. with a bunch of our good friends figuring out on the fly what they were going to do as Stephanie ran by. Most of them are also active musicians in L.A." Bitter Charm drops March 12, and you can also get the limited-edition cassette from London's Negative Space here. Dunes' record release show is on March 12 at L.A.'s Non Plus Ultra.
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