In case you didn’t know, funk and disco is back with a bang and we’re living for it – just give us a pair of flared trousers and we’re ready to go. Riding the resurgence with their flavoursome new single is Golden Dawn Arkestra with “Phenomenal”. Like a shimmering kaleidoscope, the group’s latest single explodes with optimism and high energy, as it shifts between European disco and genre-blurring electro-funk. Building up to the bombastic chorus, the group creates a calamity of eccentric harmonies and retro synths.
Opening up on the single and the nostalgic accompanying video, director Ben Blanchard revealed, “The look of the video was imagined from the perspective of a production team in 1982 who was told that in the year 2020, the whole world was going to live in isolation and all of our human contact was via telecommunication devices. We asked ourselves “what would that team envision face masks, Instagram, and stay-at-home orders to look like?”
Lead by frontman Topaz McGarrigle, the group has been spending their pandemic delving into topics of mass social unrest and isolation for their inspiration, teaming up with producer Walker Lukens for the productions. Ready to head back on tour this summer with new music under their belt, the rest of 2021 is set to be an interesting one for the group.
Check out the video and single below…