Friday 18 January 2019

WATCH: Dizzy - 'Bleachers'

Canadian four-piece Dizzy have been on my radar and in my headphones since I followed a friend along to their late night set at The Great Escape last May, where I was instantly mesmerised by their powerful yet almost subtle and understated lead vocalist Katie Munshaw. The group also comprises of brothers Charlie, Alex and Mackenzie Spencer - they're all from the suburb of Oshawa, Ontario. They originally started to make music to "combat the anxieties of the vortex of boredom" - for Dizzy, "having the suburbs as their playground for experience encouraged them to explore music and art outside of what was right in front of them - and to create their own." As Katie says of living in modern suburbia, "Oshawa introduced me to friendship and heartache and change while keeping me bored enough to sit at home and write about it." 

The resulting album is Baby Teeth, which very quickly became one of my favourite debut albums of 2018. The band have just shared the visuals for Bleachers, a track which Katie describes as being a love song for her little sister and "about how much I worry about her in this big messy world." Directed by Ryan Faist, the video features Super 8 footage filmed by Katie's sister Beth of her and her friends in Oshawa. On the surface, it's a sweet, almost nostalgic video but dig a little deeper and there's an overriding worry for the future nestled in the footage, as an actress playing an older Beth relies on assistance to breathe safely. Perhaps pessimistic and reminiscent of a dystopian reality, but is it really that difficult to imagine that it could be the situation in fifty years time?

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