By: Staff –
Gang of Youths have shared a new video for “Unison”, a track from their surprise new EP, Total Serene, which was released last week.
Consisting of just three long cuts, the video is based on a concept by frontman David Le’aupepe and was directed by Joel Barney, who also worked on “The Angel of 8th Ave.”
“Unison” signposts Gang Of Youths’ future with its intricately detailed production, extending the core band sound with layers of brass, banjo, programmed beats and samples of David Fanshawe’s influential documentation of indigenous Pacific music. At the same time, it feels natural and uncluttered — an unlikely blend that allows it to soar to a moving crescendo.
“Unison” unites the themes established by the EP’s other two songs. It’s a celebration of love’s salvation, but in the hands of Le’aupepe, it’s more nuanced, touching upon how current circumstances are influenced by both our heritage and sheer chance.
Le’aupepe says, “‘unison’ is a deeply important track for us that really signals where the music is headed on the new record. I conceived the song in Samoa, my ancestral homeland. Here we sample and introduce the work of David Fanshawe, who travelled to the Pacific Islands in the 1980s and recorded the most extensive library of indigenous Pacific music anywhere in the world.”
The band – completed by Max Dunn (bass), Jung Kim (guitar, keyboards), Donnie Borzestowski (drums) and Tom Hobden (keyboards, guitar, violin) – produced the Total Serene EP itself in its own studio space in London. The title references the headspace that Le’aupepe has craved for his entire life – something which, whether we realize it or not, is a universal human desire.