If you want to understand the power of music to move through the decades, consider that a mostly obscure Scottish label, Postcard Records (which last only from 1979 – 1981), could possibly be influencing some cool kids from Los Angeles in 2019.
Indeed, L.A.’s charmingly monikered Dear Boy brilliantly recall those “Sound of Young Scotland” bands like Orange Juice and Aztec Camera – with their shimmering guitars, sparkling melodies and widescreen post-punk atmospherics. From the first notes of skillfully flanged guitar, it’s like a time machine back to when mellifluous melodies seemed the only reasonable riposte to the bleak, mean Glasgow streets.
The song is taken from their recent five-track Strawberry EP – and the accompanying video, which BlackBook premieres here, shows the band being playfully, erm, fondled by a pair of red-gloved female hands.
“Most of our music lives in a darker universe,” says singer-guitarist Ben Grey, “so we sometimes like to counter that with a little bit of playfulness in the videos. We’re optimists after all. Once we came up with the initial idea, everybody’s individual personality took over. You’re seeing a glimpse of what we all see in each other every single day.”