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Premiere: “Alba” by Submotile

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Once in a blue moon, a band comes along that sounds like they’ve got it all figured out. From texture to songcraft to presentation, Dublin’s Submotile comes to mind as a band that mastered their space. A kaleidoscopic amalgam of dream pop, post-rock, shoegaze and ambient flavours, Submotile have been crafting sonic gems since their arrival in early 2018. Each new release announcement sends a ripple of anticipation through these studios, so the opportunity to premiere a new song and video from this talented duo is cause for celebration. Even better, “Alba” is the first real preview of their forthcoming debut album, Ghosts Fade On Skylines. All that means is, good as they have been thus far in their brief career, there’s going to be much more to explore from Submotile in 2019.

We asked Michael Farren about the forthcoming long-player, and the effort it takes to put all this color and texture together into a cohesive whole. “Having quit music in 2009 due to the frustration of never having been able to translate the sounds in my head to tape, Ghosts Fade on Skylines was recorded during a wonderful period of rebirth and rejuvenation, a period where I was discovering all the great new music that was out there, whilst simultaneously finding out just how far music production technology had evolved. This evolution allowed us to come that bit closer to the sound in our heads, enabling us to labour over songs, adding hundreds of tracks and experimenting with samples, guitar pedals and tones – many a happy hour was whiled away tracking this music. If someone out there enjoys listening to it a fraction as much as we enjoyed making it, then it’ll be a success.”

The video itself is a wash of colour and feeling, both evocative and yet subconsciously familiar. Michael describes how this visual came about, and how it all works together as a standalone work of art. “The video for Alba (Italian for dawn) was largely shot in the woods at the foothills of Djouce Mountain in Wicklow Ireland (a favourite place of ours to hike and mountain bike), with some shots of the dawn breaking in our home town of Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. We wanted a fast-paced cut, something that echoes the urgency and drive in the song, whilst maintaining a dreamy and distant atmosphere. The idea behind the song is to express the dualism of warmth over hostility, passion over frustration, all these dynamics projected onto a sense of hope and renaissance. I’m not sure if we succeeded, but hopefully it works.”

If “Alba” serves as your introduction to the magic that Submotile weave, it’s as fine a place to begin as any. It’s a great opportunity to dig into the limited back catalogue, and see where these talents have come from, and what they’re evolving to. The website serves as a direct link to their existing Bandcamp catalogue, and they’re worth a follow on Twitter and Facebook for album release details. We’re grateful for the opportunity to share this new song and video with our fans and listeners, as well as the wider world. Looking forward to great things!

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