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Video Unique: Sydney Sprague’s ‘I Refuse to Die’ Skewers the Information


Sydney Sprague’s upcoming LP, Perhaps I Will See You on the Finish of the World, wasn’t written within the midst of the pandemic.

Nevertheless it’s shaping as much as be a really perfect soundtrack for the occasions.

Sprague says the 2 years during which she wrote the album’s 10 songs “spans a number of, like, an existential disaster. Some [tracks] are private love music stuff that’s sort of about falling in love similtaneously shedding your religion in humanity, which is a bizarre little mix-up of emotions.

“I’ve all the time been very paranoid, and I don’t wish to say conspiracy theorist, however sort of all the time like, ‘Hmm, one thing’s going to go fallacious sooner or later.’ It’s a theme in my music for certain, but it surely’s humorous that the timing labored out the way it did.”

“I Refuse to Die” debuted final week and is the primary single off the LP, which Sprague says ought to drop in October. The brief tune, filled with weariness and resolve expressed by Sprague’s soulful voice, is “the thesis assertion of the album.”

Perhaps I Will See You on the Finish of the World was produced by Sam Bell on the Corridor of Justice in Seattle (a longtime dream of Sprague’s), however the video for “I Refuse to Die” was a DIY affair.

“I realized to make music movies within the means of quarantine,” Sprague says. “I purchased a inexperienced display and taught myself modifying software program and thru the method of that I made the video for ‘I Refuse to Die,’ which is impressed by how watching the information simply appears like a giant joke at this level.

“It’s like on daily basis you activate The Onion; it’s simply the craziest bullshit you’ll be able to presumably consider. So it’s a information anchor-style video, and there’s all types of various loopy headlines. A few of them are literally actual, which is tough to wrap your head round, however a few of them are faux and simply super-exaggerated, wild headlines.” (The video, which Phoenix New Instances is debuting right here, may be seen beneath.)

Perhaps I Will See You on the Finish of the World is Sprague’s first full-length album, however she’s released three EPs since 2015 and, regardless of being 28 years previous, has been within the native music scene for effectively over a decade.

“I began taking part in gigs round city in Phoenix after I was 13 or 14,” Sprague says, a circumstance she attributes to “very, very supportive mother and father. That’s actually the entire title of the sport. My mother and father are simply sort of obsessive. I don’t actually know a nicer phrase to say there. They’ve by no means missed a gig. They’re simply all the time there, entrance and heart.”

Since these early days, Sprague’s musical course of actually has advanced.

“Once I was youthful, I used to be simply sort of vomiting out concepts, writing a music in 10 minutes and simply leaving it, however as I become old, I’m extra crucial, and I’m undoubtedly modifying myself much more,” she says. “I spend much more time writing lyrics after which coming again and becoming them into music, so I believe it’s much more centered than after I was youthful.”

That focus has paid off through the previous few months. Sprague’s spring and summer time plans included her first look at South by Southwest and a few pageant dates in Colorado, however as a substitute, she’s had time to hone her craft, which can have been a blessing in disguise.

“I’ve been actually busy, really, making movies, studying to make lyric movies, all of the sort of graphic design stuff you want for web site and socials, and the logistics of doing a very good job of placing out music. As unlucky and horrible as all the things is, it’s sort of been good for me to have this variation of tempo to have the ability to concentrate on giving all of my power to getting this music on the market.”