If you take a story about a tenuous relationship, place it against backdrops that include nature and intimate spaces and layer a dream-pop soundtrack over it, you’ll have GEMS‘ first official video for their latest single, “Soak.” The NSFW video follows a couple through atmospheric glimpses into their relationship. From pensive walks along the beach to detached moments alone, the video for “Soak” is an intimate study in the nuances of their relationship. The duo of Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher create a sound that makes a fitting soundtrack for a study in intimacy.
In a statement from the official press release, directors WACHO said of the video, “The film portrays a young couple’s relationship mutating/deteriorating through different scenarios. What holds them together is what is making them fall apart. This destructive impulse will be personified as a menacing force, external to the couple, materialized in nature, faceless characters, darkness and confined spaces. The external force is the fear of: loneliness – the unknown – loosing identity – the void. The contradiction: pure/destructive – together/apart – light/darkness – dream/nightmare – real/surreal. Asphyxia. Sensuality.”
The song comes off of Pitts and Usher’s debut album, Kill the One You Love, which was released via Carpark Records the same day as the video. “Soak” is sure to make an appearance on GEMS’ setlist when they stop by Fun Fun Fun Fest NITES – AKA the free shows that happen once the fest is done for the day. You can catch their set, with Trippy Turle and Snakehips, on Nov. 8, at the Vulcan Gas Company when they go on at 10 p.m.