Hypnotic Italian electro duo SHIRLEY SAID have unveiled their provocative video for ‘Merry-Go-Round’, an elegant ambient reverie that will form half of their double-A-sided debut single to be released on 23 March 2015.
‘Merry-Go-Round’ is constructed around an unearthly digital disturbance, a synth-driven atmospheric storm from which emerges a sparse rhythm track, fluid Floydian guitar lines and the glacial, graceful vocal of singer Giulia. Elevating the song to greater heights through her lacrimoso yearnings, Giulia offers a lament to lost love, an outpouring of unspoken desire. In keeping with the dream-like aura of ‘Merry-Go-Round’, the accompanying promo frames both band members in flashes of brilliant light, and features surreal scenes that will unsettle many viewers.
About Shirley Said
Shirley Said’s sophisticated, experimental take on alt.digitalism was born in the town of Latina, near Rome, and inspired by artists ranging from Bjork to Portishead, Talk Talk to Sonic Youth, as well as auteurs like David Lynch and Ingmar Bergman. Originally a four-piece, the band performed at a series of prestigious national festivals and live video-based events, which emphasised their dedication to the visual as well as the aural. Subsequently relocating to London, Shirley Said resized to a two-piece, comprising Giulia Scarantino (lead vocal, synth, piano, fx) and Simone Bozzato (backing vocal, guitars, programming, efx). Their sensual, minimalist techno has soundtracked French docu-dramas, Italian TV series and an exclusive fashion film for Vogue. Now entrancing audiences in the English capital and beyond, Shirley Said's original, abstract electronica has been mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Lamb, The xx, The Knife and Polica.
See Shirley Said live:
15 February: The Old Queen’s Head, London N1
26 March: The Finsbury, London N4 (official single launch party)