PREMIERE: Luxuriate in home-movie vibes with Flower Drums’ video for ‘Rainbow Dance Forever’
It’s already been a big year for FLOWER DRUMS. Not only did they make a pilgrimage from their hometown of Perth to the sunny shores of Melbourne, they also dropped their debut album, Sunshine Terror Babies, to mass acclaim. Not ones to let the hype go, the duo have dropped a halcyonic music video for ‘Rainbow Dance Forever’, shot entirely on Super 8mm film.
Through EPs and singles, the duo (Aden Senycia and Leigh Craft) have refined their unique mix of dense electro-pop with more ambient styling. Tracks like ‘Night Swims’, the lead single from their debut album, display this nicely. With a dense, faraway pop sound, it’s an introverted and contemplative cut, as catchy as it is dreamy.
‘Rainbow Dance Forever’ sees the duo explore minimalism, with a languid drum machine setting the pace for warm synths and bold piano. The vocals are soft and restrained, as though simultaneously recalling and processing old memories. It’s a measured and thoughtful track, focused more on telling a story and atmosphere than creating a groove; it’s a great example of the more nuanced side of Flower Drums.
The video, directed by Amber Fresh and Paul Kaminski, takes the nostalgic sound of the song and amplifies it. Shot entirely on grainy, lo-fi Super 8MM film, the visuals exude wholesome home-video ambience with every frame. Based around a simple trip to the beach, we see gorgeous shots of waves and rock pools amongst longer cuts of the band hanging out, playing in the sand or scaling a rock face. Occasionally the footage stutters or decays, reinforcing the lo-fi nature without getting in the way of the atmosphere.
It’s a simple idea that’s super well executed, and a pleasure to watch. It’s a great accompaniment of the Flower Drums‘ vibe of moody electronica and dreamy pop – and it fits the duo’s style to a T.
Sunshine Terror Babies is out now.
WORDS BY MAX LEWIS