South London based group ALASKALASKA have this morning shared “Tough Love” – the sparklingly acerbic second single from their thrilling debut album The Dots – due out this Friday, May 3rd on Marathon Artists. “Tough Love” comes accompanied by brilliant new animator Callum Scott-Dyson’s hallucinogenic visuals which draw on organic and biological imagery, paying homage to the single’s strength and protest message.


The album’s lead single “Moon” caught the eye of national radio with the BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Jack Saunders and BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson spinning the track regularly last month – and its vibrant visuals directed by Elliot Arndt can be viewed HERE along with the found footage film for album track “Bees” by Ashley Rommelrath HERE. The Dots is available on pre-order HERE.

Providing an insight into the single and video ALASKALASKA’s vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Lucinda Duarte-Holman said, “‘Tough Love’ is a protest and a paradox. It is an invite to each individual listener to interpret however they like.” Animator Scott-Dyson orginally wanted to mirror nature, reproduction and the human body in his visuals, but once the track’s lyrics embedded, he changed tack, “I didn’t think having abstract patterns and things would suffice. So something of a loose structure began to build, based on someone being captured and their thoughts and feelings being harvested into seeds. It went in more of a sci-fi based direction but all done in very loose, obscure ways.” The new single – along with “Moon” and “Bees” – are perfectly at home on a record packed with fluid, intelligent and utterly remarkable left-of-centre pop songs.

Following the release of The Dots this Friday, May 3rd, ALASKALASKA will be heading out once again on a headline tour of the U.K. – which includes a homecoming show at Omeara on May 15th. Tickets for all of the dates are available HERE.

See ALASKALASKA live at the following dates:

May 14 | The Green Door Store, Brighton

May 15 | Omeara, London

May 16 | Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

May 17 | Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds

May 19 | YES, Manchester

May 20 | The Hug And Pint, Glasgow

May 22 | Rough Trade, Bristol

Aug 24 | Lost Village Festival, Lincolnshire

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