Insomnia can make for a strange high. A bad trip. Hot signals crossing paths and catching fire across your brain. This is what the video for The Ivy Walls’ “White Ocean” feels like, with its emphasis on the loneliness and isolation that motel room nights can bring.
The longstanding LA band are back with all their shoe-gazing, mind-melding dreaminess. Synth lines pop brightly across the washes of sound while collaborator Chrissy Depauw shares vocal prominence with The Ivy Walls’ vocalist Jeff Yanero: it all accumulates in a sequence of astral, hooky riffs and repetitions. The beat has a cymbal-rumble nostalgia to it, the synthesizers a sense of the future.
Chris Pine and Emma McKie star in the video, which plays itself across their bodies. Where one loses themselves into the blue light of the television, the other anxiously crumbles in solitude and self-reflection. When they are together the image resounds more authentically — though we are left to wonder if it was all a dream.
“White Ocean” is the first single from The Ivy Walls’ latest album, Pheromones, which plays the dystopian elements of our present-day reality with cool and rhythmic washes. Pheromones was released on January 5th, 2017.