Polski / English
2019-07-15

Longing / Gigwise

The soundtrack and visual to your existential crises is streaming here now. Gdansk’s Trupa Trupa continue to stake their claim as one of the most essential bands of 2019 with their new single ‚Longing’.

Their last single ‚Remainder’ is one of the most transcendental new alternative cuts around.

The new one, streaming on Gigwise below, sees a bewitching vocal melody, influenced by the airy feel of 60s psychedelia, underpinned by darkly-hypnotic guitar sounds loaded with effects of the best kind.

A melodic tune for the most part, it’s great hearing the band set their spirits free with a krautrock-esque solely instrumental section at the end that you can imagine former Gdansk resident Holger Czukay of Can would be proud of if he was still with us here today.

Lyrically, it’s very stark and poetic, about nothingness. Here’s one stanza as an example:

longing in the foam
with head upon it
nothing left to have
to care or worry
singing very hard
the song of nowhere
singing very hard
the song of nowhere

As for the corresponding lo-fi video, we can share this quote the band retrieved from director Marcel Hones:

„The lyrics of Longing led me to think about the way that existence does not always possess obvious meaning.

„I view the lyrics as a commentary on the way humans often live in extreme and destructive ways to compensate for the futility of their actions. This perspective of existence is bleak, but only part of the picture. In the words of John Caputo, “The fact that things have come about by the most extraordinary strings of cosmic luck and singular sequences of cosmic cycling and are vulnerable to the slightest shift in cosmic circumstance does not lessen but only magnifies their preciousness.” This quote suggests that life, amidst the chaos and randomness of the universe is the greatest example of meaning. In other words all aspects of existence, the seemingly good and bad, are necessary and possess their own value in the universe.

„In my video I aim to explore the complexities of finding meaning in futility and monotony. These aspects of existence can result in destruction or shed light on the beauty and poetic nature of existence. The characters in the video move and search constantly but attain nothing. The brutality of their actions is juxtaposed with the poetic nature of the song and 8mm film style. I hope to nauseate the viewer with the intensity of the characters yet provide moments to take a breath amidst the never ending lack of accomplishment.”

Like their vibe? Trupa Trupa are live in the UK. More European dates can be found on their socials.

September
27 – London, Sebright Arms

December
02 – Brighton, The Hope & Ruin
04 Dec – Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
05 Dec – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club

The new album Of The Sun is out 13 September.

Cai Trefor, www.gigwise.com