Tashaki Miyaki, release their forthcoming LP Castaway, on July 2nd via Metropolis Records. Ahead of the album’s arrival, the group have a new video for “I Feel Fine.”
During the last stages of recording Castaway as the global pandemic descended, the band felt they needed one final track to really tie the record together. “I wrote ‘I Feel Fine’ at the beginning of Covid-19 unfolding and it felt like it belonged to the record. I said lot of the things my friends were saying to me about their lives, so it felt right to add it”, singer Paige Stark explains. “I was inspired by the emotion of the Replacements song “Unsatisfied” and wanted to write my own ode to dissatisfaction. I always say I’m fine when it’s quite the contrary, so I started there and got more and more specific with each verse.” The trio got together at Joel Jerome’s East Los Angeles studio in the midst of a blistering mid-summer heatwave and hammered out the track on a sweltering August afternoon. “We knew this was the finishing touch” says guitarist Luke Paquin.
The video for “I feel Fine” was shot in East Los Angeles and directed by Stark. It’s an homage to her favorite vampire films including A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Only Lovers Left Alive and what she calls 1950s fashion. “I am imagining the vampires died in the 1950s so they’re still wearing the clothes of their time.” This is the first time the band has appeared in one of their videos. “We are all movie lovers so this was a fun way for us to all be in the video. And who doesn’t love a good vampire moment”
Castaway also features guest appearances from The Heartbreaker’s Benmont Tench, multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion (who also aided in mixing the record), and local LA legend, Joel Jerome. The record is produced by Stark who guided the band to push themselves into new spaces. They tried to deconstruct their own sound and reboot from that place, while letting some beloved influences echo throughout. Paige says, “We tried to incorporate new soundscapes. Like, what if there isn’t as much reverb on everything? What would be the less obvious sonic choice here? What if everything isn’t as fuzzy and smeary? What sounds have we not tried? What if we let stuff be a little naked?”
I Feel Fine
Good Times (Bonus Track)