Sunday 21 January 2018

WATCH: Irish band Almost Ghosts return with a video inspired by HBO's Vinyl

Almost Ghosts: Light Falls
Almost Ghosts: Light Falls

Sasha Brady

Indie-electronic trio Almost Ghosts have returned with one of their most infectious songs to date: Light Falls.

HBO series Vinyl was cancelled after just one season but the Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger-produced show made a big impact on Dublin band Almost Ghosts.

The trio, comprised of Mike Daly (vocals, synth, guitar), Andy McClelland (vocals, guitar), and David Dooley (bass, synth, backing vocals), took inspiration for their latest video from the 70s rock drama.

"There's a scene featuring Olivia Wilde's character Devon and in it they use a television as a device to slowly reveal more and more about her character as the scene progresses," says Dooley.

Olivia Wilde in a scene from Vinyl. Photo: HBO
Olivia Wilde in a scene from Vinyl. Photo: HBO

"From that we just ran with the idea of obscuring the band through the use of some old TVs and slowly removing them as our video progresses. You only get a clear picture of the full band as the final chorus kicks in."

It's a fitting video for Almost Ghost's most colourful and infectious song to date. Light Falls lingers long after the first listen, the mesmeric hum of the synth infusing itself in between your ears.

For the band who describe themselves as "if Two Door Cinema Club (somehow) got into a disco dance-off with The National, then Almost Ghosts would be the sound of the winning blows", this is a much frothier pop sound and it's perfect for this time of year.

"This is the first time we've sat down and spent any serious amount of time on pre-production for a song" says Daly.

"Previously we had a tendency to try and fix parts in the studio as we went along, but this time we were very prepared."

The video was directed by Dooley with the help of lighting designer Conor Biddle (Overhead, The Albatross and Le Galaxie). 

Light Falls is out now and Almost Ghosts play Dublin's Workmans Club on Thursday August 11.

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