By Charlie Maybee
“ナイトクルージング (Night Cruising)” is the latest single Philadelphia based rock band, Pine Barons, announcing the forthcoming arrival of their new album I LOVE FISH. Taking inspiration from the Japanese band, Fishmans,, it’s a work psychedelic art-rock that submerged in watery tones that ripple infinitely outward.
Accompanying the new track is a new music video which which is equally psychedelic with its neon color palette and trippy, overlapping visuals. “ナイトクルージング (Night Cruising)” was one of the first songs that came together for this record early on in the process, and was one of the easier songs to translate into English” Lead vocalist Keith Abrams says, “It was a popular song for Fishmans when it first came out, and I wanted to stay true to its dreaminess and to have it build upon itself and crescendo into a blissful end.”
Against various backgrounds of oceanic views, stunning sunsets, and bountiful schools of fish, Abrams floats stoically as he invites us to dive off the deep end. There is something strangely comforting about the whole ordeal despite some of the backroom vibes that emanate from the visual composition. You have to treat it like getting caught in a riptide – the more you resist the more it pulls you out to sea. The only means of escape is submitting to the direction it’s headed and gradually making your way to shore.
“For this video, we tried to embody the brightness and liveliness that was our discovery of Fishmans. Looking back on their music has truly helped us look forward. It sparked a flame and revitalized a forgotten feeling we’ve all had in ourselves – a yearning curiosity and genuine awe. It rekindled our love and appreciation for music, creatively and objectively.” says Alex Beebe, keyboardist and director of the music video.
“ナイトクルージング (Night Cruising)” is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and BandCamp. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Winchester, Virginia who currently teaches in the Dance Division of the Shenandoah Conservatory. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression. He also currently fronts local hard rock band, The Aftershakes, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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