Goon have announced their second official LP, Hour of Green Evening. The record arrives July 15, and the L.A. four-piece are premiering Katie Neuhof’s enchanting visuals for its lead single, “Angelnumber 1210,” with The FADER.
The band, which formed as frontman Kenny Becker’s solo project in 2015, has gone through several personnel changes over the past seven years and, recently, a full re-staffing. Hour of Green Evening will feature Andy Polito on drums, Dillon Peralta on guitar, and Tamara Simons on bass, as well as special guest Alex Fischel (Spoon) sitting in on synths.
The new song’s intro is cloaked in ominous static, but the atmospheric opening soon fades into a dreamy verse, centering reverb-heavy guitar arpeggios that function as launching pads for Becker’s clean, soaring vocal line. “In a past life you softly slept through waking hours,” he begins, immediately evoking a deep but ephemeral sadness. Neuhof’s visual treatment, shot on 16 mm film, mirrors the song’s shimmering nostalgia with lonely daytime exteriors and shadowy night shots.
Read Becker’s full statement on “Angelnumber 1210” and watch the new video below.
“The lyrics refer to a ‘past life’ which I think of as my childhood. I was trying to focus on that feeling of sleeping in long after everyone else has woken up. You’ve got no alarm clock set, so maybe it was some weird, gentle cosmic force or entity, like ‘beams of sound’ in the trees that woke you up.
And I wanted to evoke a safe, comforting feeling about it. Like, you still met the morning dew. It hung around and you didn’t miss it.
My wife has always had a fondness for the number 1210, we always notice it when it pops up, and she even has it tattooed. I love being open to patterns and numbers like that. I don’t really believe that numbers have inherent prophetic meanings, but I do think they’re interesting and powerful in a way that kinda suggests some order behind the chaos of everything.
My brilliant friend Katie Neuhof directed the video. She got a bunch of really great people to be in it, including Al Menne from Great Grandpa and Pickleboy. Katie had this really cool vision to invoke a dreamy, nostalgic feeling through the use of people performing simple, abstract actions in strange and beautiful locations. It was shot on 16mm film which definitely adds to that effect.”