TEES release stunning video for new pop house single, ‘Boy’
Wollongong duo, best friends and soulmates, TEES, have had a stellar year, releasing a fantastic new single by the name of ‘Let It Be,’ as well as having helped us celebrate Beach Road Hotel‘s 25th birthday back in September. Now to top it off, they’ve just announced the release of their first EP, Flow, out on Jan 25th, following three years’ hard work. The first single off the upcoming release is ‘Boy,’ an undeniably smooth and groovy pop house track, which references the slow decline and eventual breakup of a relationship. And it comes with a video clip, too, stunningly directed by William Robertson and Scott Stirling.
Speaking of what the song is about, Lizzy Tillman says, “The song was written at a time when one of my closest friends was going through a break up, reminding me of the process behind the shift, and what I had experienced in the past. It’s a story of ambivalence toward ending a relationship and then finally taking the leap. It speaks to feeling consumed with your partner, losing the joy in the relationship, realising you can’t keep forcing it anymore…finding independence again, redefining yourself, and being free.”
The video captures this process perfectly, of a relationship becoming stultifying and eventually ending, causing you to lose a sense of yourself and become fragmented. To highlight this, shots of the couple, Tillman and Sean Duarte, are spliced through with images of the sea, the sky, flowers, and woody textures, emphasising the growing (metaphorical and supposedly physical) distance between them. There’s even an image of Duarte‘s face, shrouded in grey cloth, which recalls Rene Magritte’s painting, ‘The Lovers,’ a now-famous modern-day symbol of frustrated love and desire. Its meaning is to the point but also visually stunning and very cool.
Despite the song’s heavy theme, ‘Boy’ has a warmth to it that’s infectious, and Tillman‘s voice is so chic it easily lends itself to casual listening. Combining their love of pairing harmonising melodies alongside pulsating Balearic beats, this is a sophisticated and nuanced song from TEES, infused with real and relatable adult perspective. ‘Boy’ bodes extremely well for this much anticipated EP. We can’t wait!
Flow is out January 25th on Farmer & The Owl via Inertia Music
Words by CAMILLA PATINI