Collarbones return with their sophomore album Die Young, set for release on Friday 28 September 2012 via Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control.
Die Young was written over the course of a year, during the promotion of the duo’s 2011 debut album Iconography. Inspired by recollections of teen crushes – the naive, vulnerable yearning at the heart of adolescent experience – the songs emerged as a tribute to the modern mythology of youthful desire. Framed by a soundtrack of jilted R&B instrumentals, Die Young joins with whole generations mourning for their fallen idols.
Die Young was conceived with a significantly visual aspect in the form of a companion film. To be released with the album, the film follows a narrative of teen ghosts caught in a limbo, watching in on the preserved artefacts of their former lives. Paris-based artist Michael Salerno travelled to Sweden to photograph and video River Phoenix lookalikes in a freezing forest.
Adelaide’s Travis Cook and Sydney’s Marcus Whale met on the Internet in 2007. Over the course of several years, and divided by 1150km, they pieced together a sound informed by geographical distance but basking in the warmth of digital proximity: the electronic hum, the LCD glow, the metallic sheen of laptop culture formed the unlikely basis for a sound that embraced its digital origins. This is music made with the Internet as much as music made with drum machines, vocoders and carefully distorted instrumentation.
Since the release of Iconography the duo has spent more time (physically) together than usual, supporting and playing with a slew of international and local outfits. Collarbones explored their sound and the dynamics of physical closeness over the past year, supporting Neon Indian and Daedelus and touring with label mates Oscar + Martin as well as Ghoul, Donny Benet and The Paper Scissors. The duo were handpicked to play triple j Unearthed’s Parklife slot, the inaugural Sugar Mountain Festival in Melbourne, and FBi’s Sydney Sounds Like, all tightly curated affairs. Their live shows and the release of Iconography has seen them nominated for a Sydney Music, Art & Culture (SMAC) Award as well as an AIR Award (Australian Independent Record Labels Association).
Watch the trailer for Collarbones’ Die Young companion film below.
Download the first single ‘Missing’ here.
Collarbones Die Young is out 28 September 2012 via Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control