Austin, TX’s Sun June have shared a stunning video for their new single “Bad Girl,” the latest from their upcoming new album Somewhere. FLOOD Magazine, who premiered the video and profiled the band today, is calling it “dusty-trail dream-pop which longingly looks back on the freedom of Colwell’s teenage years.“
Of the song and video, Sun June’s Laura Colwell says “Bad Girl is about a deep manic drive to regress into the person I used to be – back when being bad was cool and being cool was everything. I was given a lot of freedom as a teenager and always took advantage of it. After I lost a good friend in high school, my fear of death was overwhelming. The song reflects on how that fear combined with my own thrill-seeking affected my decisions since. It cycles through self-destructive choices I’ve made in relationships to avoid responsibility, and how my fear of loss has lead me down some dumb paths. The tone is sad and resigned, but also self-righteous somehow.
There’s something pushing and pulling between the lyrics and the beat, so we thought a dance video might draw out some internal tension. We filmed around Lockhart, TX, where we recorded the album, because there are so many farms and fields out there that are unchanged despite the area’s growth. We took some inspiration from films like “Blood Simple” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” which were also shot in rural towns just outside of Austin. Basically, we tried to channel Frances McDormand, Willie Nelson, and Haim (if Haim were an only child).”
Somewhere showcases a gentle but eminently pronounced maturation of Sun June’s sound, a record full of quiet revelation, eleven songs that bristle with love and longing. It finds a band at the height of their collective potency, a marked stride forward that is able to transport the listener into a fascinating new landscape, one that lies somewhere between the town and the city, between the head and the heart; neither here nor there, but certainly somewhere.
Sun June’s Somewhere is available for pre-order now and out February 5th, 2021 via Run For Cover and Keeled Scales.