With their debut album due to be released next February, Getintothis’ Paul Higham casts his eyes and ears over the new single from Liverpool favourites All We Are.
Fresh from a triumphant homecoming gig at The Kazimier in October, Liverpool‘s very own All We Are have announced a new single, Keep Me Alive, set for release on Domino‘s Double Six imprint on 2 February 2015.
Featuring on the band’s forthcoming self-titled debut LP, which is also scheduled for the same February release date, the single is a stand-out staple from the band’s live set and is characteristic of their clearly defined and confident sound.
Brimming with intrigue and mystery, the track zips along with funk-inflected rhythms and soaring, other-worldly vocals delivered with a breathless intensity by bassist Guro Gikling.
The track is impressively paced and builds, almost effortlessly, to a thrilling denouement. The key-change in the last minute of the song to build to its finish is mightily impressive.
The accompanying video captures the trio in an abandoned stately home and is both surreal and atmospheric. Commenting on the ideas behind the film its director, film-maker Abbie Stephens, revealed:
“This track really grabbed me. The lyric “I hear nothing at all but your breathing” struck me as quite chilling and I wanted to make something that reflected this strange beautiful darkness. I started thinking about intangible things; things that aren’t necessarily there or that we can’t see.
“I came up with the idea of using picture frames as portals into this parallel realm, with the band and the objects that surround them passing seamlessly between the two worlds, the details of which are revealed piecemeal as the portals mysteriously slide over the surface of the image.”
After playing a supporting role to the likes of Warpaint and London Grammar, the band have announced a major tour to coincide with the release of their debut LP. Alas there is no Liverpool date yet announced, but the band will be spreading the gospel with headline shows at, among others, Manchester‘s Deaf Institute (9 March 2015) and London‘s Corsica Studios (11 March 2015).