All the tears we had
Cry out to me while I am dancing…
Vancouver, British Columbia, synth-pop group Nouvelle Akser swirls with new wave reverie with their new, single Illusions. This is the first track from their upcoming self-titled album, set for release in June 2022 via Sabotage Records in Europe and Castra Records (an imprint of Doomed to Extinction) in North America.
Illusions is a dark and dreamy rock song that contemplates the printed reflections, our first friendship, and the negative emotions surrounding them, as indicated by this record.
The nostalgic video made for the track was directed and filmed by Wayne Moreheart (with additional help by Laura May Taylor and Jason Kilroe). With its flashing neon club lights, infectious hooks, and the retro 80s treatment, Illusions is a love letter to mid-80s synthpop with a wistful and bittersweet lead vocal from Michelle Smolnicki.
Nostalgia and regret can be a dangerous trap if you allow yourself to get caught up in them. But if you’re often swept away in them, it can sometimes be nice to get lost in fantasies. This music video was filmed at an empty nightclub at a time when we all felt starved for connection, and is a visual tribute to the dreamy 1980s pop videos that were once so prominent to us.
Watch the video for “Illusions” below:
NOUVEAUX is made up of Brian Gustavson (SPECTRES), Nathan Szilagyi (Ex-SPECTRES), and Michelle Smolnicki.
The Pacific Northwest’s breathtaking setting inspires Nouveaux ‘s unique sound. With influences that include post-punk, 1980s new wave, minimal synth, and Italian disco, NOUVEAUX pays homage to these backgrounds.
Besides, NOUVEAUX, Brian Gustavson, and his Spectres recently released the fantastic LP Hindsight. Gustavson also provides guest vocals on Nuovo Testmento’s fantastic full-length debut album New Earth.