Exploded View, a new four-piece fronted by political journalist-turned-musician Anika, have shared the first song from their forthcoming debut album and announced a European tour that includes a stop at The Shacklewell Arms in London.
Providing a taster of their self-titled album, ‘Orlando’ is accompanied by a video featuring ‘Minjoon’ a Korean immigrant in Europe who finds a friend and introduces him to the simple pleasures of line dancing.
Explains Anika: “The song ‘Orlando’ was written at the end of 2014, and its video was completed shortly before the terrible events in Orlando, Florida in the early hours of June 12th, when the most deadly mass shooting in the United States shook the country, the world and the queer community to its core, as the targets were clearly chosen, simply for being who they were, conducted in a space that has traditionally been one of protection, a safe haven for the queer community for decades: the dance floor.
“Quoting from Virginia Woolf’s iconic novel ‘Orlando: a Biography’ (1928): ‘Life, it sings, or croons rather, like a kettle on a hob, Life, life what art thou?’, as the main character has become a symbol to all those who believe they can free themselves from the restrictions imposed on our bodies, on our freedoms, to or from; the song is a celebration of life’s simple pleasures; of union in our differences. In the wake of our pain, when some have downplayed the chosen identity of the victims, while others may have concentrated solely on that, it is important to remember that this affects all of us.
“Whatever happens, dance floors should continue to be a space for freedom of expression, for life’s simple pleasures and a safe haven for so many communities around the world.”
The group – who cite their influences as Can, dub, and political revolution – also features Martin Thulin on drums and guitar, Hugo Quezada on bass and synth, and Hector Melgarejo on synth and guitar.
They first came together in March 2014 while Anika was rehearsing for her first live shows in Mexico and created a sound removed from the krautrock influences of her 2010 self-titled debut album. So impressed were they with the results, the quartet recorded what would become their new album at a studio in San Rafael – fully live, fully improvised, and using only first takes – with Thulin and Quezada producing.
- ‘Exploded View’ is set for release on 19 August. The band play Shacklewell Arms on 23 August.