“The track reinfuses the band’s easygoing, retro sound while also marking a return to their
– Billboard“electro-pop masters” – Stereogum“Miami Horror succeeds most frequently when abandoning any pretense of taste — the bigger, the better; the schmaltzier, the more blindingly beautiful.” – SPIN
Miami Horror unveil new single ‘Restless’, premiering via Billboard overnight. Almost two years after Miami Horror’s visionary EP The Shapes,the track heralds an exciting new era for the Australian project.
A combination of dreamy lo-fi funk guitar, mixed with 70’s era drums, and a sultry soulful vocal, ‘Restless’ sees Miami Horror step away from the live instrumentation and deeper vocals of 2017 single, ‘Leila’ and sink back into their collaborative and producer based roots. A direction that producer Benjamin Plantchampions moving forward, he explains, “The Shapes was always meant to be a one off conceptual project, so once that was complete I began moving back towards the original creative process that Miami Horror started with; a simpler approach to production, and a continued emphasize on outside vocalists”.
He continues, “For me, music has always been about completing a vision and trying to make something stand out. Allowing outside collaboration really opens me up to complete that vision without being restricted to my own skill set”.
Arriving today as the first single from this refreshed perspective, ‘Restless’ can be seen as a stepping stone towards this new vision, marrying funky elements of their past with a soft upbeat almost-RNB vocal. “I love putting two people in a room that wouldn’t normally work together and seeing what comes of it.” he says in reference to finding ‘Restless” inspiration and track collaborator, Kevin Lavitt.
Arriving alongside the track is a sepia-glazed music video directed by Keenan Wetzel(Haux, Aisha Badru), which finds an assortment of quirky characters coming together for some good old-fashioned tennis training and a spark of lust. Wetzel says of the inspiration behind the video clip, “When I heard ‘Restless’ I was struck with a nostalgic feeling of starting out a relationship; those first feelings of anxiety coupled with the uncertainty whether or not the attraction is mutual. I wanted to take these familiar feelings and add Miami Horror’s style to create a bright but strange world for these young people to find each other”, he explains.
Miami Horror’s widely acclaimed debut album Illumination (2010),featured Kimbra and Neon Indian and saw the band nominated for the ARIA’s Best Dance Release. From their outset, the project has continued to garner international praise and support from the likes of Stereogum, Pitchfork, SPIN, triple j and rage, with their back-catalogue attracting streams exceeding 100 million on Spotify alone. In celebration of The Shapes EP, Miami Horror threw a seriesof block parties that coincided with international collaborations in the form of murals, billboards, art cars and installations, bringing to life the sensory vision behind the project. Filling dance-floors and festival stagesboth at home and across the globe with their distinctive brand of electronica, Miami Horror have proved crowd favourites at festivals like Coachella, Govenor’s Ball, Electric Forest, Splendour in the Grass, Beyond the Valley and Just Like Heaven, and gear up to perform at Ecuador’s Funka Fest and Mexico’s Corona Capital Festival this year, with new live line up additionsReva Devito (self), Nic Mulhall (Queen Magic), and TC Milan.
Living between LA and their hometown of Melbourne, the project has grown from this dichotomy, continuing to evolve and transform. With latest offering ‘Restless’, listeners are allowed a glimpse into the new era of Miami Horror, one oozing with unexpected collaborations and fresh sounds.