Gold Bonds fuse science fiction with synth-pop in their sweeping new single and cinematic video Stars Align — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“Stars Align is a reflection on waking from lost time and lost ground in a rapidly changing world,” Gold Bond’s Matt Gilmour and David Gervais say. “The song refers to stars aligning as an affirmation of our lucidity, and our ability to make dreams come true.”
Composed, recorded, and produced during the pandemic, Stars Align stems from the overwhelming isolation many artists, musicians and songwriters felt while forced to stay home, and unable to share the stage. The song is about rediscovering togetherness after being apart, the band say, adding that the song spotlights their affection for vintage instruments and production techniques. Wurlitzer and Fender Rhodes electric pianos are played in both real time and reverse, paired with echoing synths. Electric guitars and percussion churn beneath inviting vocals, creating a delicate mashup of sounds and styles.
The song’s video floats like a dream: Two asteroids strike an unassuming industrial town and inspire unearthly entities to possess two inhabitants who are sent off to find one another, consequences unknown. “The concept for the music video was written, filmed, and directed by Stefan MacDonald Labelle of Terminal Burrower Films in Hamilton,” Gold Bonds explains. “Stefan created an eerie science-fiction visual imagining of the song that is also a metaphor for the historic COVID-19 pandemic, and its grave implications for connecting with others amidst the impending decay of society as we know it.”
A preview of their upcoming EP Growing Pains, Stars Align falls neatly between Empire of the Sun and Arcade Fire; hanging on the fringe of lo-fi electronica, it carves out a place in its own category of sound. Beyond breaking genre barriers, the song also stands sa testament to Gilmour and Gervais’ shared investment in songwriting and their cherished musical partnership, which began in 2013. From the beginning, the multi-instrumentalist pair have experimented with sounds, synths, lyrics, and songwriting.