Eight years after releasing their sophomore full-length, 2014’s Fortuna, Popstrangers are finally rolling out their third album. Today the London-via-New-Zealand band are sharing the album’s sludgy, invigorating title track “In Spirit,” which finds the trio balancing distortion and nostalgia as vocalist/guitarist Joel Flyger invites listeners to “dream of something / dream of colors / dream of sand.” “‘In Spirit’ is written about the moment between giving in or getting on, about cutting through and not losing sight,” the group shares.
The track also comes with a visual that shows the band commandeering a shuttered karaoke room. “Our bass player Adam Page filmed and edited this video on a few of his cameras around the marshes in London and in an empty karaoke room that hadn’t been in use due to the lockdowns at the time,” the band explains. “He managed to gain access through a friend of a friend to shoot. We had the idea of making a video that would look like stock footage and projections that sit behind karaoke songs. The fake karaoke video complements the themes of inauthenticity in the song.”
“In Spirit” comes after Popstrangers’ previous single “Are Pigeons Doves?,” which will also appear on their forthcoming record. Check out their new visual below, and pre-order In Spirit—out June 10 via Rice Is Nice—here.