Fuzzed-up alt-rockers Zefur Wolves have released one of the indie singles of the year so far with the ‘Flying High’ and have a playful accompanying visual to go with it.
The track is taken from the Cardiff-based band's album Truth is in the Stars, which is being released on producer Cian Ciaran’s label Strangetown Records next Friday (29 March). It follows their debut album, which came out in 2015 when Cian Ciaran was a touring member in the band as well as producer.
On this delightful single, there’s an interesting juxtaposition between darkly, hypnotic distorted guitar chords and a breezy carefree vocal melody that wouldn’t be amiss on an album by former Girls member Christopher Owens. Ultimately, singer Estelle ios’ take shows a spark of genius that makes Zefur Wolves stand out from the pack.
Keeping up standards in all aspects of their output, with visual art the band don't skimp either. The video, shot on a handheld camera, is an immersive joyride through stunning sun-kissed Californian landscapes. More a montage of candid, diary-like footage as opposed to a slick overly-produced video, it suits the band’s indie aesthetic, and evokes their sense of artistic kindship with Beach House and Spirtualized.
The positivity exuding from this single – and the album as a whole – comes from a meaningful place according to singer Estelle: This second album was very cathartic for me personally,” she says in a press release. “Over the past few years I have been learning about healing in all different forms from many cultures. It’s important to heal our past by looking at the ancient ways and methods, so we can ultimately help heal the world for the future.”
The singer’s vision appears to manifest on the trippy, vivid colours on the album cover designed by longtime collaborator Mark James Works, too.
Truth is in the Stars is out 29 March on Strangetown Records. Check here for pre-order information.