Watch the music video now, exclusively on MILKY! We caught up with frontman Luke Carra to chat about the release and their current tour!
Last week, indie surf-rockers Caravãna Sun dropped their new single, Stella. If you're loving the track like us and hanging for the visual, you can watch the music video right here on MILKY before its release!
The personal and emotive release was written by bassist Ant Beard, in response to the miscarriage suffered by frontman Luke Carra and his wife. Documenting relationships and connection, the track outlines the shifts in perspective that can happen within us all following monumental life occurrences. The multi-faceted approach to the themes present allows the track to remain accessible and speaks to the human existence in broader terms.
The visual sees the band taking a more abstract approach. Continuing their collaboration with director Joel Bryant, the visual sees the band situated within a studio whilst flashes of superimposed images engulf the setting. The images showcased capture life and nature, furthering the exploration of themes within the track.
Caravãna Sun are currently in the midst of a national tour, having already played shows across NSW and Queensland earlier this year. The band are set to take to the stage in Western Australia later this week, with a string of shows across the state, Tickets are available here.
Stella is out now! Read our interview with Luke Carra of Caravãna Sun below.
Congratulations on your new single, Stella! The personal and emotive track was written for a friend who suffered a miscarriage and the process of healing and growth that followed. How important was it for you to document and explore these themes?
I guess this song was really quite a personal song. It was actually a song written by Ant Beard [Bass/Vocals], who is in the band, for me. This song was written about my experience of going through a miscarriage with my wife a year and a half ago, and that was really tough leading into COVID, which has a whole other set of challenges. But this song is quite personal, it's hard talking about this one. Ant actually wrote this song I think in his way of dealing with the grief and he wrote it and then we were driving into the studio and he showed me like five minutes before we got in to start four days of tracking new tracks on the album. He asked me "do you think we should try to put this in" and I said "yeah". I guess when I head Stella, I feel like it's a song of love and happiness in a way, not so much melancholy, and I guess the original idea was around our loss.
Could you tell us about the experience shooting the music video for Stella and how involved you are when it comes to planning the visuals for each track?
This one was really interesting because we didn't want to make this one too melancholic, because if you listen to it, it's quite happy and uplifting. We wanted to keep it in that light and we wanted to do a more abstract and conceptual video. So we worked again with our great friend Joel Bryant. Pretty much a lot of it was from his end, he used a lot of special effects but also used a bug bunch of our film photos that we've taken over the last few years and superimposed them over the top of the video, so that was really fun. It was quite a strange video in terms of filming because we were standing in front of a white wall with lights on us and the song at very low volume and we had to dance around and play to it. It was very funny, but it was cool.
How important are the visuals to you when it comes to conveying the story and meaning present on the track?
When we think about visuals for a song, I think a lot of it stems from the artwork. On this new album, and all the single artworks that we've done, we used an artist called Greedy Hen out of Sydney. We worked with her on our previous album Guerrilla Club, and she's quite abstract in her art. We just basically sent her all the tracks and said "you just do what you think these songs represent". When she sent back Stella, it was of a beautiful flower and we never told her the meaning, we just thought that was so on point with what we wanted to portray in this track.
If you could describe Stella as an existing piece of visual art which artwork would it be and why?
I guess it would be a flower. A flower, and it's like of life and death. I guess the artwork would be interpreted as quite abstract and melancholic, but also quite uplighting, vibrant and bright.
You’re currently in the midst of your national tour! What can audiences expect from a Caravãna Sun show?
Yeah it's been strange. I don't know if we're so much in a national tour, but we're just starting to do shows again and it feels very odd after being on the sidelines for so long but we are very grateful to actually be playing after what was happened to the world. The shows have been awesome, we've been playing lots of new stuff from the new album. It's just been so much appreciation with the audience, but also with us. It just feels like its really fresh and everything is really good. I'm just so grateful to be playing live again, it's such an outlet and I love it and I can't wait for our shows coming up in WA and all across Australia. We've got plenty of shows coming up over the next few months.
How have you approached crafting a set and overall live experience for the current socially distanced format of live shows?
Well it's been so strange because when we played in Sydney, all the shows at The Lansdowne were seated, and that was really challenging. But it actually was quite good to try out some new material because everyone was sitting and listening and we got to really be quite creative and not restricted on making people dance. But we played in Queensland a few weekends ago and it was really good, everyone was dancing and it was almost like normal. So that was quite strange. But yeah, I guess it's been quite dynamic, having to shift how we approach things each show.
The past twelve months have taken its toll on the music industry, specifically the touring sector, but also in terms of making that in person connection with audience members and creating a shared feeling and experience. How important do you think live music is not only for yourself as a band showcasing their art, but also for the audience members who resonate with your music?
I think live music is just so important, I think it's as important as eating. It gives people an outlet to be themselves and let go. As musicians, it's exactly the same for us! We spend so much time writing, producing, organising just to play in front of people and actually connect and be in the moment with music. I think it's something that we've just taken for granted for our whole existence, the connection to others as humans. COVID has been so hard for that but it feels like we're on the up and the world is improving. I think it's gonna be amazing once we get through this, I think it's going to bring people together and I'm really excited for the future.
Stella is out now!