Everything But The Girl’s ‘Run A Red Light’ Fuses Bravado With Vulnerability

The video is beautifully simple...

Everything But The Girl have shared new song ‘Run A Red Light’.

The duo have reconvened for their first album in over two decades, with new LP ‘Fuse’ landing on April 21st. Any fears that their internal chemistry may have dissipated have been completely unfounded – each new song from Everything But The Girl is something to be cherished.

New single ‘Run A Red Light’ is a slight of slomo electronic soul, the lyrics dealing with the politics of clubland, and the divide between bravado and masked vulnerability.

The production is gorgeous, retaining an innate organic quality in amongst the electronic aspects. Ben Watt comments:

“I met a lot of characters during my years in clubland, and I wrote this song about the guy at the end of the night, who dreams his big moment is just around the corner. All the bravado and good intentions masking the vulnerability.”

The arrangement has a strong sense of storytelling to it. He continues: “I used mixed technology in the production to lend character. The piano is a looped iPhone recording; the synth that follows the vocal is a live take on an analog EMS VCS3 which were first made in 1969. Tracey chose to sing super-close to the mic to add intimacy. Some vocals are untreated, some auto-tuned. And then at the end we let the music appear to evaporate. It all just seemed to suit the story.”

The Charlie Di Placido directed video is beautifully shot, using just a few aspects to build a narrative. Tracey Thorn adds:

“The video is like a dream of the story. We’ve found with this record that choreography can express the emotion in our music without having to be too literal. The characters, the clothes, the movement, the direction all just fit. Charlie and his team really get the feelings we’re going for. It’s been a great collaboration.”

Tune in now.

‘Fuse’ will be released on April 21st.

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