Strap yourself in for the distorted video of DRELLER’s latest single, ‘Control’
When we entered the world of DRELLER for the first time, the Terrible/Goodbye signed UK based artist was an enigma. Now that we’re heading back for more, there’s a little more info on the project to go with his second single, ‘Control’.
Turns out that DRELLER is actually an Australian born and bred musician we all (probably) know. DRELLER is aka Thomas Rawle, formerly of Sydney based brooding pop-rock trio, Papa Vs Pretty. Since the band he fronted called it quits last year, Rawle relocated to the UK, developed his film and animation skills, and worked on new music.
Once again all of these skills are put to the test for ‘Control’. The track itself is a more upbeat affair compared to its predecessor, using a couple of varying guitar lines to create a massively catchy funk driven top-line, perfectly matching Rawle‘s raw and flexible vocals.
The electronic elements and programming is where we reconnect with the world DRELLER is creating – as they whirl in and out of the emotively driven story behind the track, a space-aged love tale if you will. So it’s no surprise to see another deeply complex and distorted visual component for ‘Control’ too.
According to Rawle, the clip “took a lot of strange experiences and obsessive animation work to finish it.” Featuring some stunning hand-drawn animations, the video depicts some serious space battles between DRELLER and a clone army seemingly determined to capture him.
If his work continues down this road, DRELLER will most likely release one of record’s of the year. PvP may have died, but DRELLER is alive and he’s in another damn galaxy.
‘Control’ is out now via Terrible Records/Goodbye Records.
Words by Tom Hutchins