Premiered on triple j’s Good Nights earlier this week and added to the station this morning, ‘No Time’ shines a light Lastlings’ signature, emotive lyricism and intricate, transportive pop soundscapes. The song arrives complete with an anime-style music video, inspired by the duo’s Japanese heritage and one of their favourite dystopian science fiction novels ‘Never Let Me Go’.
“‘No Time’ was inspired by Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopian science fiction novel Never Let Me Go. As humans we know and understand that our life spans are limited, but of course it’s something that we push to the back of our minds. When we’re faced with this kind of knowledge, what do we do when we realise that we don’t have much longer? What are the things that quickly become matters of importance and what are the things we look back on that are really worthwhile?
“‘No Time’ is about releasing yourself from negative thoughts and growing from our disappointments and failures. It is also about living life to its fullest potential because as cliche as it may be, life really is short and everything happens for a reason.”
Director Joël Durand reveals that the idea behind ‘No Time’ is a chase between darkness and light. It’s a piece about fraternity, where a brother and sister together face their fear of passing time. The character designs refer to ‘Perfect Blue’ by Satoshi Kon; realistic animations and drawings used to deal with a mature subject. Durand also referenced an old comic book style, similar to Moebius’ work, for the animations. This cultural mix of Japanese and occidental styles can be seen as a reflection of Lastlings’ own heritage.
Upon signing to Liberation Records (ANZ) and Astralwerks (ROW) earlier this year, Lastlings revealed the dark electronic jam, ‘Take My Hand.’ Added to triple j rotation in Australia and popping up on a wave of Apple Music and Spotify playlists globally, the track also caught the attention of tastemaker acts Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Torren Foot, who worked the original over into three fittingly eclectic remixes. Last month, Lastlings also kicked off RÜFÜS DU SOL’s debut Rose Ave Radio show on SiriusXM. Listen to Episode 1, here.
Self-taught musically, Josh and Amy have devoted the better part of five years to their craft, fine tuning their songwriting and production from their home in the hinterlands of Southern Queensland. Releasing two EPs to early acclaim, the duo found themselves having to make a choice between full-time music and allowing Amy, then sixteen, to focus on finishing high school. They resisted the pull of the industry until Amy finished school and are now working toward the release of their debut album.
The pair’s hypnotic live show has already seen them tour Australia and North America with RÜFÜS DU SOL, which included shows at Colorado’s Red Rocks and LA State Historic Park, as well as play major global festivals Coachella and Splendour in the Grass.
Stay tuned for more Lastlings updates very soon.