London band ALASKALASKA has only put out two songs since emerging earlier this year, but their mix of woozy, Arthur Russell-inspired music is instantly hypnotic. Today the band premieres the video for its "Bitter Winter" single on The FADER.
Directed by Soren Harrison and Amir Hossain, the fun visuals begin with the band watching a wrestling show on TV before being transported onto the other side of the screen and inside the ring. There they find themselves taking up the various roles involved in the sport. It's all very lo-fi and DIY, think more Netflix's GLOW than Stone Cold Steve Austin.
The band has just signed to Marathon Artists, the U.K. home of Courtney Barnett and Jamie Isaac, and will release a self-titled EP on September 29. Speaking to The FADER via email, vocalist Lucinda John-Duarte explained the concept behind the "Bitter Winter" visuals.
"The song is about the internal battles you have with your psyche, knowing full well that you can't win a battle against yourself," she said. "We wanted the video to incorporate some kind of fighting or footage of some sort of struggle and we could have gone down a much darker route but after meeting with Soren and Amir we decided to try something a bit more playful. The excuse to dress up and get all our mates involved was too good to miss. We hope you laugh as much as we did making it.”
Check out the video above.
ALASKALASKA will play a London headline show at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on September 28. Their ALASKALASKA EP is released the following day.