Premiere: Caravãna Sun share the clip for Afterlife, tease a big year ahead
The New South Wales group have had a big past few months, but that hasn't stopped them from hyping us up for even more to come.
Caravãna Sun haven't exactly had a quiet 2020. Although their infamous live show was maybe not showcased as much as they'd like throughout the last few months, it hasn't stopped the Sydney/Byron Bay-based collective from having another brilliant break-out year, furthering themselves up the Australian indie-rock/pop ladder. Early in the year, they dropped a taste of something new in their track Charlie and then promptly followed it up with a full live record titled Live In Germany, recorded in Bavaria back in 2019.
However, that hasn't already stopped the group from hyping up a big year planned ahead. They have plenty of touring planned (hopefully to offset their lack of touring this year) and a full record on the way, which the group started at the tail-end of last year before the pandemic had them locked down. "We started working on a new record in September 2019 from a secluded studio in the Blue Mountains and it has been a really enjoyable process," the group tease. "We teamed up with Ian Pritchett (Angus & Julia Stone, Beautiful Girls, Kim Churchill) and are self-producing this record."
After giving us a little taste with the aforementioned Charlie earlier in the year, they've now dropped another taste in the form of Afterlife, which came out last week. Despite wrapping up in a short three-minutes, the group really manage to pack a musical journey within that time, with bright-eyed guitar melodies and dancing percussion moving amongst the single's rich vocals, which have quite this euphoric and uplifting feeling. "I feel there is light and darkness in this song, classic Yin and Yang," says Luke from the band. "I sing the verses which are darker and cryptic, while Ant sings the choruses, which are lighter and more uplifting, asking the question if the afterlife exists."
It's a brilliant track that really captures the group at a new peak, teasing their forthcoming material with some of the best work they've put out to date. In the meantime, however, we're premiering the official video clip to the track, directed and filmed by Joel Bryant in New South Wales’ Royal National Park. It's a video clip that really captures the natural beauty of Caravãna Sun's surroundings, and on a surface level, it feels like a great fit against the beauty held within the track itself.
However, going deeper into the track and its accompanying video, you find that they overlay each other pretty spot-on. Afterlife contrasts itself between lightness and darkness, and in a similar vein, its video clip places shots of lush, green forestry alongside charcoaled remains yet to re-blossom following the summer's catastrophic bushfire season (which itself feels like a lifetime ago, despite being only six months back). "The video is drawing off the psychedelic nature of the song, the portal between life and death," the band explain. "The beauty that can come from the perspective of making it out of the other side."
It's a remarkable video clip for a stand-out new song, and with plenty more in the pipeline, it feels like no better time to be a Caravãna Sun fan than now. Dive into the clip below:
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