Brooklyn-based Beach Fossils, gifted us today with a music video for their second single, "Saint Ivy," lifted off the band's forthcoming album, Somsersault. Thesong--our new spring commuting soundtrack--features piano, strings and flute, marked by politically charged lyrics, like "Wanna believe in America, but it's somewhere I can't find," and some complementary #NotMyPresident graffiti in the video.
Beach Fossils' visual, directed by Joey Chriqui and Milah Libin, features a spattering of all things New York, from cameos by NYC-based dancers to Brooklyn drag superstar Merrie Cherry. "There is so much content out there about NYC and the surrounding areas that recycles the same tropes over and over," Chriqui told OUT. "Me and my co-director Milah wanted to use this as an opportunity to highlight a vision of New York which is significantly queerer, more raw and more sincere than what mainstream media provides for us."
Cherry said she was cast by Chriqui, her personal friend, and decided to jump on board after hearing Beach Fossils' relatable lyrics. "I had to listen to the song first, of course, but once I did I was in all the way," Cherry told OUT. "Once I heard the line, 'Wanna believe in America, but it's somewhere I can't find,' I was hooked. That line speaks for so many of us right now."
Beach Fossils new album, Somersault, is due out June 2nd on Bayonet Records. The band is currently encouraging fans to donate to the National Endowment for the Arts and Center for Arts Education NYC, which are both being gutted under the Trump administration. Watch "Saint Ivy," below.
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