Australian dance-rock band Skipping Girl Vinegar released a video for their latest single, “Dance Again,” through Earmilk on April 22.
The video for “Dance Again” follows two skydivers performing a free fall routine. The routine is synced perfectly with the music as the divers jump, fall, and reconnect in mid air while the music swells around them. Then, as the song makes it’s way back from the break-down for one last powerful burst, the divers open their parachutes in perfect time with the the drums. As the divers land, the viewer is given a surprising and hopeful conclusion of a couple having one last sky dance. It is beautiful and hopeful imagery for a bright and hopeful song.
“Dance Again” is the first single and track from the band’s new album, ‘The Great Wave,’ which was released on April 3. It is a big, energetic song that makes you feel like dancing along. The song’s swelling melody makes it feel uplifting and euphoric. As track one and lead single of ‘The Great Wave,’ the song introduces the album with all the energy of The Gaslight Anthem, but with less of the grit. In general, the band’s sound on ‘The Great Wave’ brings together a summer-y dance feel and singer-songwriter quality with a thin layer of 80’s synth mist. As the album rises and falls from hopeful songs to wistful songs, it is almost like waves are swelling and crashing.
‘The Great Wave’ is the band’s third album. It is the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Keep Calm, Carry the Monkey’ and 2008’s ‘Sift the Noise LP.’ According to their website, the album “is a sonic explosion of colour, capturing the move away from city, the heart-break of a cancer diagnosis, the search for hope and light in the depths of critical life challenges and the journey into recovery.”
Skipping Girl Vinegar is Mark Lang (vocals, guitar, banjo, and soundscape textures), Chris Helm (drums, back-up vocals, and melodica), Kelly Lane (violin, back-up vocals, percussion, and Keyboards), Sare Lang (bass, back-up vocals, and percussion), and Amanthi Lynch (piano, keyboards, back-up vocals, and percussion). The band has been making a lot of headway in the United States in the last few years, especially after their appearance at the CMJ Music Marathon in 2012. After releasing their ‘Chasing the Sun’ EP and touring the U.S., the band had attained enough momentum to get their songs and albums on the CMJ charts. They are able to boast a release that spent seven weeks in the CMJ Top 100 chart, as well as 46 top 10s across the United States.
Check out the video for “Dance Again” above, or on YouTube here. To keep up-to-date with Skipping Girl Vinegar, follow them out on Facebook and Twitter.