Red Telephone‘s latest single ‘Victoria Park’ which comes out on Libertino’s Ghost Disco singles club next Friday, may bare all the hallmarks of the psych-pop lusciousness of the past but its very much about today. As the band’s singer, Declan Andrews explains the recording process; “We wanted to create a striking and recognisable landscape of sounds without overwhelming the core song. It could have easily ended up full of baroque-sounding parts but in the end, we found ourselves taking parts away and opening up space” Today we premiere the video above, which frames the hazy wistful nature of the song that celebrates childhood memories of the well known Cardiff landmark.
The song itself “was written around loose recollections of Victoria Park in Cardiff, where I used to go every now and again as a child. I didn’t set out to write about that place but the core song and lyrics came out quickly. It’s mainly just a rumination over the passing of time condensed into a song and Victoria Park just happens to be the place used as a springboard to explore those ideas. It’s probably because Victoria Park has quite recognisable monuments such as the pool and bandstand which are easy to recall, even if they were peripheral to my experiences there when I was younger. There’s something romantic about parks anyway and there seems to be a strong relationship between parks and time too, especially with the memorandum benches and how a lot of them don’t change all that much compared to the people who visit them.”
The accompanying video was shot by Sadia Hameed and Beau Beakhouse from Lumin Journal, the band say “They came up with the idea of projecting images onto a backdrop at night so we spent a day filming at Victoria Park and then went up to Castle Coch for the night shots. We wanted to make a video that captured a sense of time passing and look a bit like loose recollections of a specific place or day, the sort of ideas which are central to the song.”