The experimental indie rock band King Ropes has dropped their accompanying music video for the single “Hello Sun” off their recently released full-length album, Super Natural. The new studio LP, released on May 26, 2022, is the band’s fifth release off of the indie label Big and Just Little.
Created by collaborator Michael Jenson, the latest visual is a fuzzy ride on the line of groovy, garage grit. Displaying grainy and unusual animations paired with quivering guitars and peculiar vocals, this video only further emphasizes the desert psych-rock energy King Ropes has honed.
Dave Hollier, the lead man and songwriter for King Ropes, shares that the music video perfectly encapsulates the contradicting nature of the single.
“I saw a video that Michael Jensen had made for a friend in Brooklyn and was immediately hooked. I sent him Hello Sun and we bounced some ideas around. This song feels like a dark, cryptic dream built on a solid good-time groove, and Mike got that right away. He took a couple of weeks to come up with some imagery and rough edits.
We bounced some ideas back and forth and I think he just nailed this. There’s something dark and foreboding about the song while being upbeat and even funny at the same time. The video takes those contradictions and runs with it.” – Dave Hollier, lead vocalist of King Ropes
Super Natural, King Ropes’ fifth album, is full of open spaces and jagged edges. Guitars scrape and whine. Amps rumble. Rickety pianos rattle in and out of tune. Like Montana, the band’s home, nothing is too refined.
At the centre of it all is a singer and frontman Dave Hollier, a gifted songwriter at the top of his game, surveying a land haunted by doomed relationships and hypocrite ideologues in his odd, quivering voice. The songs convey a world that is remarkably gorgeous but also harsh and unforgiving, dark and foreboding.
Hello Sun only further emphasizes the desert psych-rock energy of the King Ropes band
Super Natural is at once King Ropes’ most ambitious and intimate work, expanding the parameters of the band’s desert rock and ragged Americana sound. It is buoyed by a directness that brings out Hollier’s most stirring songwriting to date.
Hollier has a gift for writing about tragedy and pain with wry humour and conversational bluntness. Long-simmering family trauma, visions of animal reincarnation, mysterious respiratory ailments — all are worthy songwriting prompts as the record vacillates from the pounding rhythms of “Hello Sun” and the thick, stoner-rock roar of “Drunk Donny” to the tenderness of “Sure,” a sorrowful, synth-driven ode to regret, and the quietly stunning, disarmingly plainspoken “Breathing”.
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