South London alt-pop five piece Thidius have brought their latest single ‘Mention Nothing’ to life with a psychedelic and eye-catching video, out May 5th 2017. ‘Mention Nothing’ is the lead single from their upcoming release ‘Inversion’, and the music video was directed by Paraic and Michael Morrissey. Watch here
The ‘Mention Nothing’ video features singer Izzy Risk performing stunning vocals, and contrasts kaleidoscopic, distorted imagery with black and white footage. Thidius’ five-piece line-up allows them to create a sound that is multi-layered, but beautiful and cohesive. The song itself features catchy guitars and soulful singing which, when combined with a funky rhythm section and more moody synths, allowing ‘Mention Nothing’ to be at once upbeat and atmospheric. The video is bookended by an image of a leafless tree in a pebbled landscape against a sunny sky; it’s an image that simultaneously conveys different seasons and moods, and the same can be said of Thidius’ music.
The band explain further that, “the song starts off with a chilled sense of rolling timelessness – of the everyday, developing psychedelically as the ‘voice’ becomes seductive talking about the secrets of one’s mind, whilst enclosed in secrets. The music gradually builds this growing tension until the final section when both music and vocals begin to ‘flip out’. Conceptually and lyrically influenced by the Bjork track – ‘Possibly Maybe’.”
Paraic and Michael Morrissey are filmmakers also based in South London who were influenced by a Peter Tcherkassky film they recently watched when creating this hypnotic and psychedelic video. The duo have produced music videos for artists such as King Krule – their video for his ‘Rock Bottom’ track was described by Stereogum as a “head-wrecking odyssey of a video”.
Thidius’ features Ben Hayes on synths, Tom Driessler on bass and Harry Pope on drums. Hailing from New Cross in South East London, Thidius are in good company and have made a name for themselves through collaborating with a plethora of creative’s from this growing artist hub. They achieved recognition by supporting their South London contemporary King Krule on his 2014 European tour. Thidius’ live performances have received praise from the likes of London on the Inside, who described them as “a young band that are completely in their element on stage.”
Blending a range of influences including jazz, funk and synthpop, Thidius have an exciting sound that is both soulful and ethereal. The video brings this out by taking simplistic footage of Izzy Risk’s charismatic performance and giving it colourful, dizzying distortion. With an EP to follow this summer 2017 looks set to be a defining year for Thidius.