Maribou State release gorgeous new visuals for ‘Nervous Tics’ (feat. Holly Walker)
MARIBOU STATE is a music duo whose timeless sound makes it seem as though they’ve been around forever, when in actual fact it’s been, like, seven years. The British electronic-indie wonderboys Chris Davids and Liam Ivory released new album Kingdoms In Colour through Counter Records earlier this month and now they’re backing up their standout single with some outstanding visuals.
The tune in question is ‘Nervous Tics’ featuring Holly Walker, a single that is all about the lowkey constant panic that underlies the to-ing and fro-ing of everyday life and those nerves that no yoga position or breathing exercise can cure. Davids and Ivory describe the track as a kind of “frankenstein piece” due to the strange array of instruments used to create the track, including a traditional Chinese Guzheng (which they sampled whilst on tour in China).
The video, shot by MOBO nominated director Hugo Jenkins, is smokey and kaleidoscopic, with cleverly cut repetitions that reflect how repetitive nervous thoughts can be jarring and frustrating for their thinker. Feathery, retro colouring and props lend a soft contrast to the visuals and in a way mirror the sonic contrasts that exist within ‘Nervous Tics’, where snappy drums and plucky guitars play alongside creative electronic sampling and Walker’s free flowing vocals. It’s visually beautiful and wonderfully complementary to the song and message it represents, which is a testament to artistic finesse of all parties who played a part in its creation. Having just announced their biggest headline tour to date, happening next year, this is clearly just a small taste of big things to come for Maribou State.
Kingdoms In Colour is out now via Counter Records, buy/stream it here.
WORDS BY CLARE NEAL