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Brisbane musician Emerson Snowe has unveiled his new single, Frankenstein. Accompanied by an animated visual, the track is set to appear on Snowe's forthcoming EP, due later this year. The song marks the musicians first release signing to Berlin-based indie label Duchess Box Records for European territories.
The self-produced track takes on a darker conceptual tone, juxtaposed by the joyous horns paired jangly guitars to create a harmonious soundscape. Mixed by Nicolas Vernhes (War On Drugs, Spoon, Deerhunter, Animal Collective), there is a dark self-actualisation laced within Frankenstein.
Speaking of the track, Snowe shares: “Frankenstein was the last track written in this soon to be released collection of songs. I wrote it in 30 minutes after a friend listened to a batch of my music and said that it had given them life. I had become lost with myself and who I thought I was meant to be. Once people in your life fall away and you’re left with yourself, you can be as self-aware as you want to be - but you’re gonna realise sooner or later you have no clue who you are. I had moved from one addiction onto another. This track, although it was written very fast, holds a lot of weight into who I was at that time. A time of self-isolation, not sleeping until midday the next day, and gripping onto any ego I thought I had at all.”
The songs visual featured collage cut-outs, animated to intensify the tracks message. Created by LA artist Joe Sams, Snowe takes on the role of Frankenstein a skeleton who hides himself in makeshift flesh and skin. The pair’s serendipitous meeting adds to the allure. "I was invited to a release party in the Hollywood Hills in LA. Later on in the evening a dude arrived holding two life sized hand-made puppets - similar to the muppets from Sesame Street. I watched him place them down in chairs in the dining room, he placed a beer into one of the puppets hands and closed it shut. Whoever this cat was I knew I wanted to do something with him. His name was Joe and his animations and mind is not only the most sincere portrayal of an artist I had seen in a long time, but is inspirational and built on pure love for a craft. Later on, he told me that he had folders and scrapbooks full of disembodied corpses and really grotesque images that he wasn’t able to use in any of his previous projects. I’m so grateful to have met him and have something to show of this period in both of our lives.” Snowe shares.
Frankenstein is out now! Watch the music video below.