BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Noir-ish Video for Phebe Starr’s Visceral New Single ‘Touch XXX’

 

 

It’s been six years since Phebe Starr‘s debut EP Alone With You. But the Aussie indie electronic pop darling has since released a series of excellent singles, while earning considerable praise from the likes of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Nylon, who enthused, “She packs the emotion that has
helped propel artists to indie-icon status.”

We couldn’t agree more, and so were thrilled for the arrival of her newest single “Touch XXX.” Not at all as risqué as it sounds, it’s rather a heart-rending, contemplative ballad that actually recalls Elton in the ’70s, albeit with contemporary production. In it she piercingly laments, “I wanna touch you but you your heart’s so cold / I wanna feel you but your mind won’t let go,” and you can veritably feel the pathos cut right through you.

The accompanying video, which BlackBook premieres here, is a jittery work of melancholy noir, with not just a few seeming nods to David Lynch.

“I worked with Sydney based photographer and videographer Ash Lim,” Starr explains. “We never set out to make a video, it just happened organically. He brought this oddly shaped, hand-cranked, old school film camera which makes up most of the frames in the video. During the time of recording, I was going through a breakup and the loss of a friend. It was a rough time in my life. Ash was a constant, always having a cup of tea at the ready. We would capture those moments and constantly share ideas and create.”

Her new EP Ice Tea Liberace will be released this August 30.

 

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