After exploding onto the scene with a full-length album of noir-inspired rock numbers, and an audio-visual live spectacle for Mosaic Music Weekend, TOMGIRL follows up their filmic debut “Darker Now” with the second single from their self-titled LP, “Heartbeats”.
Part B-movie horror and part A Clockwork Orange, the flirtatious garage pop track is again treated to the visual interpretation of frequent collaborator and director, Jacky Lee AKA The Boy Who Cried Action. The black-and-white and blood red treatment sees lead singer Cherie Ko and an all-girl goon squad made up of The Sam Willows’ Narelle Kheng, The Great White Lark’s Melina K, social media personality Ellie Tan AKA ELL4D, and visual artist Leona Z roaming the streets of Singapore. While multi-instrumentalist Ted Doré finds himself bound in a Hostel-style predicament, Lee’s visual accompaniment provides a dissonant perspective to the classic trope of the sparks of a new flame.
To mark the release, “Heartbeats” gets the physical treatment in a remix EP cassette featuring electronic and downtempo reinterpretations by Jasmine Sokko, The Analog Girl and Ferry – the latter of whom serves as a supporting member of TOMGIRL’s live band – as well as an unheard demo version. Fans who pre-order the EP will receive an invite for two to a secret show on January 20 at a yet-to-be-disclosed location.
Read our interview with TOMGIRL on the release of their debut LP in the digital edition of our August 2016 issue on ISSUU.
The Heartbeats Remix EP is available for pre-order at tomgirlband.com. Listen to it digitally here.