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Video Of The Week #129: Sasha & The Shades – Echoes

Some extremely peculiar goings on in a South London graveyard are the centrepiece of this weird and wonderful video directed by regular GIITTV contributor John Clay and shot by Lou Smith.

Given such spooky psycho-geography, you’d be forgiven for expecting a flurry of black metal riffing and satanic hand gestures. But while ‘Echoes’, the second single from Peckham’s Sasha & The Shades, is closer to the alt folk/raw blues end of the musical spectrum, it still has a mysterious, dark air that hints at the sinister. Not least the spine tingling moment when Eli-Rose J Stanford, one of the band’s two lead singers declares in icy tones: “I’d like you better, if only you were dead.”

Rather than harbouring any supernatural concerns, ‘Echoes’ is actually about the restrictions a male ego can place on its owner, symbolised by the outlandish, constricting contraption sported here by their other frontperson, the band’s eponymous hero Nick Armstrong of the band The Caveman, who stars alongside the band together with Dan Fatel of Real(s) fame.

Like a vivid dream you had but could never quite process, it’s a heady concoction of the unsettling and the beguiling, and a damn classy one at that.

* ‘Echoes’ is released on August 30.

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Image credit Ryon Nethercott & John Clay

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