PREMIERE: Holiday Party get stuck in a loop in their new video for ‘Let Down’
Brisbane’s HOLIDAY PARTY are an act Purple Sneakers has followed since its very beginning. For fans of The Avalanches and Beach House, they mix off-kilter and left-field production with pop sensibilities and indie vocals to create a world that’s entirely their own, and with each and every release we get to dive in a little deeper.
In 2019, they released their single ‘No One’ and had their biggest “moment” to date. The song was a sparkling, euphoric pop gem complete with an insatiable hook and a god damn choir thrown in the mix to take the band to new heights and it marked a real shift in the band’s trajectory. Now, with the news that a debut album is on its way, Holiday Party have once again eclipsed themselves and have delivered ‘Let Down’, a disco-infused tune to make you feel good while pondering life itself, which we’re thrilled to be premiering today.
Holiday Party have an unrivalled knack of making not just pop music that makes you feel good, but pop music that also makes you ~feel~. Their lyrics are always unsuspectingly deeper than you might think on first listen as they continue to show they’re not shying away from issues of love, loss and so much more. ‘Let Down’ is exactly this, with one half of the duo, Mel Tickle, singing about being stuck in a loop. “The song is about making the same mistake over and over again, like you’re in a continuous loop. You’re trying to break the cycle but ending up right where you started,” explains Luke McDonald.
Complementing the release of their latest single, Holiday Party have also shared brand new visuals for ‘Let Down’ as well. Shot and edited by frequent collaborator, Mitch Fresta, the video for ‘Let Down’ is the perfect accompaniment to not only show off some stunning scenery in a brilliantly shot way, but also to amplify the racing intensity of the song. From the many twists and turns Tickle takes in the clip, as the song builds she begins to also race through the many settings trying to find her way only to finish right back where she started.
Mel said of the video, “The video really takes on the themes of the song – you’re trying to push through and find your way, trying to navigate through a personal situation, and ending up where you started.”
A band that continually does things their own way, ‘Let Down’ is a much-needed escape down the rabbit hole right now. The band acknowledged the greater world issues happening right now and the choice they faced whether to release the song at all right now, but ultimately we’re glad they did. We need art that pushes boundaries and we need to feel good, and that’s exactly what this is.
Check out ‘Let Down’ below:
‘Let Down’ is out every April 3rd.
Words by Emma Jones
Image by Mitch Fresta