Barsuk Records has released Big Scary’s new video for “Twin Rivers,” off their Twin Rivers EP, released today via digital retailers, and from their upcoming album Not Art, out January 28, 2014. According to director Shaun Garland, the intricately shot video “is a story of a praying mantis living in the perils of a modern world. The praying mantis in the video is played by Florence. On set the crew would wait patiently for her to move into a good position or give a look with personality. She performed like a star and even gave the unplanned-for scene by continually moving towards the window, which created the most poignant part of the story.”
Today, the band released their Twin Rivers EP, which is available at digital retailers everywhere. In addition to two tracks off Not Art, the EP features remixes by The Antlers, Menomena & Dan the Automator. Menomena’s take on “Luck Now” does all of those things and so much more.” Also featured on the EP is a “Twin Rivers” remix by Dan the Automator and a collaboration with Jonti called “Slumming It In Paradise.” You can listen to the entire Twin Rivers EP at http://www.barsuk.com/
The story of Big Scary begins in Melbourne, Australia, where duo Tom Iansek and Jo Syme, armed with just acoustic guitars and egg shakers, started playing songs together in the living room of Syme’s parents’ house, gradually working up to a bolder, more expansive sound by incorporating electric guitars, drums, synths and piano. What began as a few rainy day acoustic ballads in their first incarnation soon grew, and before long, the newly named Big Scary were writing anything they pleased-fuzzed-out garage rock; piano-led pop; intricate, pastoral instrumentals-each imbued with an effortless pop sensibility and lightness of touch.
Following a series of early self-released singles and EPs, Big Scary released the intimately crafted debut album Vacation in 2011 via the band’s own label Pieater (pronounced pie-eater).
On the heels of their adventures abroad, an invigorated Tom and Jo returned home and began recording their second full length album. Grappling with the pressures and perceived responsibilities of their Australian success, the daunting goal of bringing their music to wider audiences, and their own expectations of themselves as writers and creators, the band eventually settled into making an album that would be, paradoxically, hotly anticipated at home while acting simultaneously as a first introduction to almost all audiences elsewhere: Not Art.
Recorded and produced by Big Scary’s own Iansek, and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Tom Elmhirst (Arcade Fire, Hot Chip, Lily Allen, Adele, Black Keys, Amy Winehouse, The Kills), Not Art distills influences of indie rock song structure, pop and hip-hop production, and experimental ambient music – it’s ambitious, featuring towering guitars paired with reverberating drumming that gives way on occasion to programmed electronics and home-recorded loops; cooing synths that gild Iansek’s and Syme’s startlingly diverse vocals; and, most of all, a unique musical vision that sounds unlike anything else happening right now in pop music.
Twin Rivers EP tracklisting:
1. Twin Rivers
2. Slumming It In Paradise (ft. Jonti)
Not Art tracklisting:
1. Hello, My Name Is
2. Luck Now
3. Harmony Sometimes
4. Belgian Blues
5. Phil Collins
6. Twin Rivers
8. Lay Me Down
9. Why Hip Hop Sucks in ’13
10. Long Worry
11. Final Thoughts, With Tom and Jo