Constant Smiles have released a new video for “The Things I Miss.” The track is off their forthcoming LP, Paragons, available November 12, 2021 via Sacred Bones Records. The band’s Ben Jones shares: “‘The Things I Miss’ is about someone letting you into their life and trusting you to hold their safety in your hands but your foundation is brittle and rotten so you drop it and lose all of that hard work that took so long to build. Then, when it falls apart, you try to pick up the pieces and learn from it.”
The single is accompanied by a video filmed on Martha’s Vineyard directed by Emily Kempf (of Dehd) and Kevin Veselka. Kempf shares: “I wanted to make a video for Ben that portrayed loss and memory and how they overlap over time and become something else. Grief stays with us but becomes fuzzier, like light dancing through leaves, healing sneaks in.”
“The Things I Miss” follows October’s yearning “Daisy, Table For Three” which The Revue called “stunning” noting “the light pattering of the drums, the lovely mourning of the cello, and the deft strums of the guitar encircling Jones’ endearing voice.” “Daisy, Table For Three” came with a video also shot on Martha’s Vineyard, directed by Mortality Gains. Lead single “Run To Stay” which Brooklyn Vegan named one of their favorite songs of the week, calling it “strummy indie rock heavy on moody atmosphere,” was released with the September announcement of Paragons, with a video directed by and featuring members of Constant Smiles in various modes of transit, perfectly capturing the push-pull of anxiety.
On Paragons, Constant Smiles has synthesized the various sounds they’ve explored previously—like shoegaze, dream pop, and psych—into a dazzling new form altogether. Ben Greenberg’s production pushes Jones’ voice starkly to the front, revealing a subtle seventies singer/songwriter influence in the songs, and resulting in the collective’s most dynamic album to date.
Constant Smiles began in 2009, started by Ben Jones on his home of Martha’s Vineyard, inspired by the music scene centered around the island’s now defunct community record store, Aboveground Records. They made their live debut as a noise duo opening for Ralph White (Bad Livers) and, working in series, began churning out homemade releases influenced by friends, art film icons, and fellow musicians.
Sacred Bones Records
Run to Stay
Hope For Tomorrow
The Things I Miss
Learning to Start Over
With Death in Mind
Daisy, Table For Three
Please Don’t Be Late
Where Am I Now?
11/12/21 Friday – Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY – w/Black Marble
11/13/21 Saturday – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA – w/Black Marble
11/14/21 Sunday – CODA – Cleveland, OH – w/The Buffalo Ryders, The Vumms
11/15/21 Monday – Be Here Now (solo set) – Muncie, IN
11/16/21 Tuesday – House show Airport – Indianapolis, IN – w/Airport People
11/17/21 Wednesday – Dr. Richard’s In studio, live stream – Valporaiso, IN
11/18/21 Thursday – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL – w/Silver Synthetic, Glyders
11/20/21 Saturday – Outer Limits – Detroit, MI – w/ Jeremy Waun, Minihorse
Pre-order Paragons by Constant Smiles HERE