In the last few years indie-rock artists have delivered some breathtaking visual components to their music. Whether we are talking about Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” or Bon Iver’s newer lyrical-videos for 22, A Million, artists have been selectively fitting optical stimulants to their luscious sound. And we are forever grateful. Seeing music in this sense, separate from a music video with a storyline, as scattered as it may be, can really shape how you take in the song. Enter Ryan Parmenter’s newest project: Former Faces.
Former Faces is based out of L.A. and released their second-ever track today, which is accompanied by a beautiful visual collage. “Back Up A Minute” is a song about the recent death of Parmenter’s grandfather and the conversation he wished he could go back and have with him: “The verses are a final conversation I wish we’d had, and the choruses are a reminder that loss is a universal experience. At some point, we all long to move on.” The song itself is ethereal in it’s progression, with a guitar piercing through a misty blend of airy vocals and hissing synthesizers; the heavy drumbeat gives the composition solid structure. The sound invokes a feeling of searching for the hell of it. Whatever lies at the end will always be unknown. What amplifies this sensation is the video, where an exquisite collage of the natural world – waterfalls, colorful moons, cityscapes and shimmering waterfront galaxies – collides with computer generated shape shifting screens of color: an appropriate model of the time we currently inhabit.
Check it out here!
Also Former Faces’ debut track, “The Runaround”: