Having been ensconced in the studio writing material for their new album, Scottish indie-pop 3-piece Stillhound are pleased to announce details of a brand new visual for ‘Strangers Will Not Thank You’, once again portraying the band’s knack for stunning soundscapes and emotive lyrics.
Fergus Cook from the band says: “The video’s inception was kind of a happy accident. After working a tote for Stillhound based on the classic ‘Thank You’ plastic bag design, this scene from American Beauty was on my mind. I’ve previously thought lyric videos a little cheap and cheerful but couldn’t resist when I saw the opportunity to super impose the track lyrics within the film itself. While one of the draws of working with found footage is the ease with which you can re-contextualise old film – and it doesn’t hurt that AB is a classic – the juxtaposition of introspective lyrics with this part of the story made sense to me, bringing new life to old while staying true enough to the original.”
Having been friends since childhood. Attending the same school together, the Edinburgh three-piece grew up dreaming about making music, huddling together to swap ideas, write songs, and conjure dreams.
Debut album ‘Bury Everything’ was a remarkable creative feat, the sound of their musical lives distilled down to an essence. Largely rooted in their Lost Oscillation studio – located in Edinburgh’s creative hub Leith – it was the start of something, but also a finishing point. What comes next is their new album – it’s daring, it’s ambitious, and it’s self-titled, offering a new definition of Stillhound.
Spending their days hiking across formidable landscapes, Stillhound would return and make the best music of their lives. The environment seeped into their music, too – long days swimming in the sea, long nights surrounded by barren wilderness. “We’ve worked through some tough times, in terms of going away, writing, and not being sure of what we were expecting,” Dave adds. “But it’s been really nice to get away. It was bliss – incredible weather, really beautiful surroundings, we could go swimming at the beach.”
The results are startling. ‘Stillhound’ builds on the innate promise of their debut while introducing potent new directions for the band, ranging from Nine Inch Nails style darkness to the daring pop of Depeche Mode, or even the startling songwriting of Grizzly Bear. It’s a fusion of the digital and the analogue, the blend of technological prowess with engrossing songwriting.
Relentless in their approach, Stillhound have produced their most ambitious work yet: ‘Glass Lake’ took 30 vocal takes to complete, while ‘Zara’ is written in 5/4 time signature; ‘On A’ started life as a seven minute epic, before being reduced to a cryptic 90 seconds. Billed as “home-brewed” it’s a unique potion, and it all comes back to that staunch independence, to those long nights in the Highlands.
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