HUMANS: Going Late
The Juno-nominated electro-pop duo from Vancouver releases the title track of an imminent new album. The chilled cut has a sparse yet quietly compelling feel, while the accompanying video clip was shot on 35mm film, to striking effect.
By Kerry Doole
HUMANS - "Going Late" (Haven Sounds): This Vancouver-based electro-pop duo comprises Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq. Their second LP, Noontide, landed HUMANS a Juno nomination for 2015’s Electronic Album of the Year, and a third album, Going Late, comes out Nov. 16.
This title track certainly whets the appetite. It has a sparse yet quietly insistent feel that is chilled out yet subtly compelling. It is neatly enhanced by a well-shot video with a cinematic vibe and shot by Ricq, an accomplished filmmaker whose 2017 theatrical motion picture ‘Dead Shack’ fared well on the festival circuit.
On the video for the new single, Ricq comments in a press release that “the video for ‘Going Late’ is a homage to classic 70s films like The Warriors. We even went to the extent of shooting it on 35mm film. The crew on and off camera was 90% made up of our close friends so it must’ve been one of the most pleasant shoots we’ve ever done and I believe it shows on camera."
The clip's storyline has a sinister feel, one then dispelled by the massed dancing scenes at the end.
The new LP was recorded with the help of Nik Kozub and features Grammy-winning producer Carlos De La Garza on one album track and So Loki on vocals on another.
The pair cites influences as far afield as Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, Young Fathers, Animal Collective, Ty Segall and Steve Lacy, so exploring the new album should be fascinating.
Over the last few years, HUMANS have appeared at major fests such as SXSW, Coachella, The Great Escape, CMJ, and Mad Decent Block Party. Tour dates are TBA.
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