Alt-pop Kero Kero Bonito have dropped their new single, The Princess and the Clock. The release comes alongside the announcement of their forthcoming EP Civilisation II, due out this April.
The track is a lively and complex anthem that matches colourful synths with old-time mythology, creating an engaging balance of experimental and pop tendencies. The lyrics see KKB recount a fictional tale of their own devising, telling the story of a princess sailing the world who is kidnapped by a primitive society and held in a glass tower. One day the captors find her gone and the glass smashed; it’s up to the listener to decide how she left.
Speaking of the track, Kero Kero Bonito share: "The Princess and the Clock is the tale of a young explorer who is kidnapped while sailing the world, imprisoned at the top of a tower, and worshipped as royalty by an isolated society. Trapped in her chamber, she spends years dreaming of escaping, until one day she disappears. A legend of our own invention, "The Princess and the Clock" was written before Covid emerged, though the long, lonely hours and escapist dreams its protagonist experiences will be relatable to many right now. It's a song for anyone who has ever felt trapped, lost, and alone."
A sequel to 2019’s EP Civilisation I, in which the band envisioned a historically-ambiguous alternate-reality, Civilisation II sees KKB continue to explore instinctive human tendencies across three tracks, all completely devised using vintage hardware.
The Princess and the Clock is out now! Watch the music video below.