Photo: Mattias Albinsson
Release schedule : : based on 7
7 November : : Ryan
7 December : : Constant Change
7 January : : Do U Do It Wrong
7 February : : St Tropez Gossip
7 March : : Amah (Acoustic version)
Album II from Surf Philosophies is a sharp new chapter dedicated to the hypocrisy of polarization. To loneliness and kin selection as well as an open door to the second pillar of their surf philosophy.
Coming out of a period of intense personal pain, this record is an attempt to reconcile and add up all the questions that come with losing yourself. When you think that the whole world is against you, where is the best place to look? Straight in the mirror of course! From the outside a record looks like a product of the present, of the now. But when making a record especially one that expands over a particular part of your life, then the record becomes as hard to deconstruct as the person you see in the mirror each day.
St Tropez Gossip is the name of a clothes store the band saw somewhere in Gothenburg. They loved the ugliness of the phrase, the strangeness of the connotation. It reminded them of times in Brighton, tacky dance nights at the Hanbury Ballrooms and the seaside. It got them thinking about a book by E.O. Wilson, “The Meaning of Human Existence,” Musing about gossip being a social tool that holds groups together. They thought about the stories of some of the oldest inhabitants in the world, the stubbornness and social support of old Italians living beyond a century.
Looking in from the outside Saint Tropez in France represents a kind of Xanadu playground for the rich and famous, another walled city, off-limits to the commoners.
Only these walls are large price tags on antiquated farmhouses. Why then does it feel of consequence to the rest of us? It’s not that there is any biological difference between people but it certainly seems different. Wealth, opportunity, culture, beliefs...In the recent past we’ve noticed when in conversation with friends there are some in the groups who bluntly state that we aren’t supposed to mix with simply everyone. Friends in the queer scene admit that they now perhaps would just rather be left alone...like an island, than mingle into one big super utopia.
But as we slowly gathered ourselves, we wondered how to reconcile losing everything when it seems the whole world wants to be apart. If we don’t belong to anywhere or anyone then what’s the use?
The band has moved apart for the meantime, not because they wanted to stop, but because they are able to change without fear of losing anything. Separated by the ocean, the band feels like a missive. They want to expand their world and the only way that makes sense is to get deeper into the world itself. Living in both Malmö and Los Angeles feels like a ridiculous anecdote, but in truth it is just a product of the times. Transnational Professionals. The song Constant Change is their way of explaining what it means for them to do something different. To sing about how it feels to start the next part of life.
”the record is deliriously inventive, a piece of stripped down lysergic pop that plays by its own rules.”
“An impressively intriguing next-step.”
“Surf Philosophies take psych pop to the extreme. Gently chiming refrains and twinkling echoes give way to euphoric singalong choruses and space-age percussion.”
- The Line Of Best Fit
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