Today, via a premiere with The Huffington Post, Simon Doom has returned with the video for “Dream Of The Machines”; the second single from his recently released, critically acclaimed full-length Babyman (Votiv). The premiere for the Shaun Libman directed video comes fresh off Simon’s appearance on The Best Show earlier this week and ahead of his anxiously awaited return to a New York stage September 12th at Rough Trade in Brooklyn supporting A Giant Dog.
“Dream Of The Machines” had an audiopremiere with BlackBook Magazineearlier this year and has since served as one of the anchors for Babyman. It is at once nostalgic and contemporary; carrying a positive vibe over playfully arranged guitars and handclap supported percussion reminiscent of your favorite New Wave anthems.
According to Simon:
I wrote the song about monogamy in a future dominated by robots. sonically, the song is expansive, but lyrically, it’s incredibly claustrophobic. The video captures THAT perfectly. It is in close quarters. 3 different characters all wracked by the same droplet of antiquated human emotion!
In addition to his aforementioned date at Rough Trade with A Giant Dog on September 12th, Simon will be hitting the west coast at the end of September, highlighted by a September 29th date in Los Angeles at Resident alongside Sextile and POW. You can find ticket info for both dates below.
Babyman, the debut full-length from Simon Doom, is available now on Votiv. The lead single “I Feel Unloved” premiered on Noisey.com and has since been featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday and named one of the best songs of 2017 by NME Magazine. As John Hill from Clrvynt.com put it in the streaming premiere for Babyman “Doom has nailed down how to imbue a song with both undeniable catchiness and rich atmosphere”. The record, which was co-produced by Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser (both of MGMT) is Simon O’Connor’s post-baby record much in the way In Utero was for Kurt Cobain or Smoke Rings For My Halo for Kurt Vile. That sort of perspective can either kill an artist or push him to new creative heights. Babyman undoubtedly puts Simon Doom in the latter category.
September 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade – Tickets
September 29th – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident – Tickets