Presenting another standout track off their upcoming sophomore album “Universe in Bloom,” California alt pop trailblazers The Great Escape return this week with a stomping new single entitled “Let Me Go Wild”. The new track officially drops on May 26, along with the stunning documentary-style video, shot by Mischa Meyer. Always thinking out of the box, the Venice-based three-piece also hooked up with acclaimed German Electro producer Robot Koch for an epic remix of their latest explosive anthem (also released May 26).
The opening track to The Great Escape’s upcoming full-length, “Let Me Go Wild” is an irresistible and utterly explosive tune: Singer Ingrid Andersson’s seductive and raspy voice takes the lead on this banging new single, that sees the Cali trio combine massive horns with fast-paced drums and explosive 60s riffs. Watch here
While the original version is a wild, raw, and forward-stomping summer tune, Robot Koch’s epic remix is a whole different beast: slower in pace, it combines handclaps over majestic synths that build up alongside his trademark layers of bass. Celebrated by the BBC, XLR8R and Dazed & Confused, Berlin-based Koch has long established himself as “one of Europe’s finest producers of the beat generation” (Low End Theory). His new remix of “Let Me Go Wild” is the latest example of what the legendary John Peel once described as “pop music from the future.”
Returning to the “documentary meets music video” format they first introduced with earlier single “I Can’t Resist,” the Mischa Meyer-directed new video features both the original version and Koch’s stunning remix (min 2:23- 2:47) – while showcasing two generations of Krump dancers from L.A. A spellbinding portrait of the transformational power of dance, every scene of this new clip oozes the motto “Let Me Go Wild”. “Dance is the hidden language of the soul,” Martha Graham once famously said – and with this deeply personal update to LaChapelle’s RIZE feature, The Great Escape once again manage to redefine what a music video can be. “We try to use the power of music to tell stories that matter – instead of releasing just another fun music video,” says the band. “Especially in these weird political times we want to inspire other people to find a positive way out of their struggle. We met Krump activist Fudd at a film premiere and became friends with the whole Demolition Crew and filmed this documentary clip over a couple of weeks.” Apart from the founder of The Demolition Crew, the clip features a dozen dancers including Miss Prissy (The Queen of Krump) – one of the original dancers of the 2005 documentary RIZE.
Widely praised for their timeless and genre-smashing approach to song craft, The Great Escape is a trio comprised of Kristian Nord (drums, bass, production), Malte Hagemeister (guitars, production) – both originally from Hamburg, Germany –, and Cambridge-born singer Ingrid Andersson. Their second full-length “Universe In Bloom,” to be released on July 10, takes the raw energy and stomping confidence of their self-titled predecessor to the next level with massive hooks and catchy tunes beyond genre that could have been recorded at any point in the last 50 years. Their eponymous, self-produced debut album came out in 2014 and received much critical acclaim; Popdose called it “the best modern post- sunshine-pop record in years.”