The Seattle trio’s new video for “Voices” is a simple but enthralling six-minutes of domestic normalcy.
Seattle trio Posse asked their buddies if they wanted to be in their new video. No biggie. But the video for “Voices” involved the friends going about their ordinary lives in living rooms and workspaces while the band’s Paul Wittman Todd sits in the corner singing. It’s a simple idea and one that is strangely compelling.
Taken from the B-side of their sold out "Perfect H" single that’s been released on Wharf Cat records, the song seeps with a weary lonesomeness that brings to mind the ‘two glasses of Shiraz/half Xanax’ pop of the Church. "If I gave up all my hobbies/ And you gave up yours too/Would we be OK doing nothing?", sings Wittman Todd.
It all adds up a beautifully languid piece of indie pop.
Noisey: The video is simple but engaging over six minutes. It’s voyeuristic but not in a weird way. Whose idea was this?
Sacha Maxim: Paul came up with the concept, such as using the lens and playing with time. The rest just sort of fell into place as a group effort.
Paul Wittmann Todd: I’m not sure exactly who had the idea to involve our friends. We just realized a lot of our friends had settled into their spaces and we liked the contrast.
Was it as simple as asking your friends if you could film inside their homes?
Sacha: We tried to find friends and family who we thought would have fun with the idea. A lot of our friends are local musicians or other artists, so we were curious to see how they would involve their spaces.
I also like how Paul sits straight with his hands on his legs. Until the band is jamming in the basement.
Paul: The band is local legends Wimps, who we have an ongoing rivalry with. I wanted to have my hands on my legs for that section too, but they were playing a really loud song! It is insanely hard to lip sync at double speed with a band playing a different song in the background. So I put headphones in my ears and put my hands over them.
The song reminds me of The Church.
Paul: I love the Church. I used to blast "Unguarded Moment" every morning to wake myself up. The song is our attempt to toy with time a bit. I wrote the lyrics as a series of vignettes, intentionally disordered so that the listener is hopefully unsure of when a specific verse might be happening in relation to the others. I wanted to give a dreamlike, surreal feel to the song, while still keeping the actual content of the lyrics pretty mundane. We also wanted to play with having a big payoff at the end of the song after a very long stretch of our signature rhythmic churn.
The pre-order for the 'Perfect' H re-press is available here.