Lontalius creates a beautiful fusion of acoustic and electronic elements in ‘Faint’, the follow up single to ‘Someone Will Be There For You’ from his forthcoming album of the same name.
‘Faint’ saw the songwriter and producer return to his roots – writing music on an acoustic guitar in his bedroom, in his hometown Wellngton. The video, by Phoebe Gittins and Arty Papageorgiou, is similarly simple.
“Coming out of an electronic-based project with Singular Balance, and coming home from the world of big studios and producers in LA,” Lontalius explains. “I hadn’t touched an acoustic guitar in a long time until I came home to NZ and it was all I had to write with. Back to basics,” Lontalius says.
“As long as I’ve been making music, I’ve wished that I could do something with my hands. Make something real. For a while I tormented friends by saying I wished I was a florist, despite never successfully taking care of a single plant or flower. Ceramics seemed like a great option, too.
“Phoebe and Arty suggested the idea, I think in the vein of a video we’d already done together, ‘All I Wanna Say’ where my friend taught me how to ride a bike. Why not try and make a bowl for a few hours while singing the song and see what happens?
“I really like how it came together. The space is beautiful and obviously I had a great time trying to master a craft in one day, but I think the pairing of the video and the song came out more meaningful than we’d expected. The song is about understanding that love can come in different forms, sometimes it’s bright and exciting and sometimes it can be faint. Singing about the delicate nature of things, while physically handling clay to try and make something beautiful. It’s a good pairing!”
‘Faint’ is out today on streaming services via Kartel Music Group. Side A of Someone Will Be There For You will be released on 25 November, with Side B and the full 10 tracks on vinyl out in the first half of 2021.