Releasing their third album Black Anything in five parts, IS TROPICAL have made the LP an art form again. With the addition of vocalist Kirstie Fleck, the original threesome have become four and set to work creating the record in 2014. Recorded across five continents, Black Anything was released across five picture discs (thank god for the vinyl revival) that come together to form an image of the globe when stacked. You can’t say they haven’t covered all bases.
Today we’ve been given the privilege of premiering the video for one of the final tracks from the album-cum-art project. “Believe/What You Want” is the fifth and last release from Black Anything and the penultimate video builds up to exactly the kind of finale you’d expect. Opening with a candlelit room that looks ready for seance and is definitely a fire hazard, discordant electric guitars rip through Fleck’s angelic vocals. The track climaxes to a frenetic screeching crash until the visuals cut away to Fleck submerged underwater. Equals parts beautiful and haunting.
“Believe is all about the inner struggle of losing your faith and realising everything you were once taught was a lie. I was reading an article about how people are affected by natural disasters. During the Nepal earthquake locals were talking about watching religious temples and shrines fall around them, killing loved ones and as a result lost all their religious beliefs, ‘I don’t need it anymore, I can’t feel it anymore’.”
“With the video we created shots that mirrored the artwork for the album that David Abrahams and Christian Ashton had previously made. We wanted the video to have the same uneasy, restless feel as the song that could visual convey an inner struggle.”