Brisbane, Australia’s RINSE – aka Joe Agius – returns with his latest single, “Back Into Your Arms,” featuring fellow Australian artist Hatchie on vocals. Produced by Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Japanese Breakfast, Wild Nothing, Sky Ferreira), the dreamy Back Into Your Arms is the first single to be lifted from RINSE’s debut EP, Wherever I Am, which will be independently released on March 5, 2021.
The single follows RINSE’s earlier 2020 offerings “Tell Me Tell Me Tell Me” and “Trust In Me.” “Trust In Me” was subsequently remixed by K.I.M (Kim Moyes of The Presets), Goodchild (of Confidence Man) and Los Angeles’ ORCHiN.
The collaboration was a natural step, as RINSE moonlights in Hatchie – both as a songwriting collaborator and keys/guitar – when not working on his own material.
Of the track, Agius says, “I originally started writing ‘Back Into Your Arms’ as a possible song for Hatchie last year, but enjoyed singing it too much myself and decided to make it my own. Harriette’s vocals sounded so great accompanying mine on the demo we decided it would be a perfect opportunity to make her an official feature, since we both loved the song so much.””I finished the lyrics earlier this year after watching a lot of my friends’ struggle to maintain long distance relationships through the pressures brought on by COVID-19 and the past year. Each verse is from a different person’s view during different stages of a relationship, while the choruses fantasize about the idea that just being in each other’s arms is enough to make it work.”
The accompanying video, directed by Agius himself, was shot in a makeshift graveyard, complete with columns, tombstones, climbing roses and bats. “I’ve always dreamt of creating a big prop theatre-esque music video and accidentally stumbled across a warehouse in Brisbane with a treasure trove of old sets and backdrops one day while trawling online classifieds. I struck up a deal with the owner and we loaded up a truck all by ourselves of graveyard props big and small. I shot the video in a mad frenzy over a single day with the help of a lot of friends,” he says.