Unbosoming to an individualized ego and the masses of friends, James Supercave gently yet profoundly illustrates the social battle of control — and blindly relinquishing it — on their latest single “Fools,” taken off their forthcoming album, Alarm Will Sound, slated for release January 25. The social commentary and visual extension of the atmospheric track expands from simply partying, to choices and surroundings, to a rather deep retrospection: who’s driving you?
“Fools” builds upon a simple beat, sly bass riffs, and almost hallucinatory, intangible synths, that masks frontman Joaquin Pastor’s words. A signature expansive soundscape can be appreciated on the track’s production, but the daunting quiver that casts a shadow upon “Fools” is the root of the track’s allurement.
Through the guidance of Patrick Mattes’ direction, the video extracts the band’s charm and commentary. Simply shot in Los Angeles, scenes flash from Pastor in solitude in the backseat, to another body among friends, during a typical night of enjoyment. Eerie yet sensual, Pastor’s croon slivers around the last syllable by the hook, prepping for Andrés Villalobos’ vocal inputs on the chorus.
Shots of grappling hands swarm over Villalobos face as they deliver drinks and eliminate the possibility of choice. The excessive behavior continues with glimpses from Villalobos in the passenger seat catching eye of Pastor in the backseat; almost syncing with one’s conscious and moral sense. Mattes’ display of “Fools” does the track justice, noting the phantom driver, and once again further anticipates the arrival of new music from James Supercave.
Catch James Supercave at the Troubadour, January 26th, alongside Winter. Tickets here.