South African singer-songwriter Alice Phoebe Lou teases her forthcoming album Paper Castles with the new song Galaxies and its accompanying video.
The song was overseen by Grammy winner Noah Georgeson, who’s worked with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, and follows the previously released Skin Crawl.
As Lou tells it, the new song came together on a rainy, moody day in Berlin.
“My friend Harry Charles and I wrote this song while lying on the carpet of my room,” she says.
“Space had become such a theme in my life and music, not in a scientific way but more in a metaphorical sense; drawing parallels between a planet in the expansive universe and the way that one’s tiny and seemingly insignificant existence interacts with the world,” Lou elaborates.
“This song is about being nothing and everything. About being overwhelmed by the weight of existence while simultaneously being in awe and wonder of it all.
“Galaxies came to life the first time we played in the Planetarium in Berlin; we’ve played 13 shows there now and every time I see the visuals come to life and the audience being swept away by the combination of the song with the projections of flying through the galaxies, the song makes so much sense.”
Similarly, the video, shot over two days in a space in Berlin and an ex-military Soviet training ground just outside the city, features Lou in a dreamlike landscape.
“Galaxies is the tale of a fallen star, who has ended up living a regular life on earth,” explain directors Chloë Lewer and Andrea Ariel.
“There’s no denying that out-of-this-world themes and galactic dreams are intrinsic within Alice and her music. We think of our dear friend as a star, in all forms of the word. So in this video we wanted to portray the high and lows of such journey.”
Lou brings her “galactic dreams” to the UK in April, playing Bristol’s Thekla on the 15th, Manchester’s Deaf Institute on the 16th, London’s Earth on the 17th, and Nottingham’s Bodega on the 18th.