(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2052: Fear of Men

By on Thursday, 31st March 2016 at 6:30 pm

Fresh off their appearances mid-March in Austin at the big to-do that is SXSW 2016, Fear of Men have a new video out for ‘Island’. The song is the first single off the Brighton group’s upcoming sophomore album, due out in early June. Of the song, singer Jessica Weiss says it’s about “independence and empowerment, and how problematic this can be when you’re still tied to the expectations of others”. What a wonderful sentiment after a SXSW during which strong women were given their due and many high-profile appearances, as well as my interviews with Violet Skies, Jane Weaver and Gwenno that highlighted the continuing strength and influence of British female artists.

For the visuals in ‘Island’, the band teamed up again with director Eleanor Hardwicke, who described the promo as covering “the subconscious state between the death of a past self being reborn into a stronger self”. For me, the hazy video is simply beautiful and perfect against the dreamy, contemplative mood of the song. Watch it below.

Despite the name, Fear of Men’s second album ‘Fall Forever’ will be available in the summer, on the 3rd of June on Kanine Records. Ahead of that, they’ve sorted a UK headline tour for April.


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