Midnight Sister continue their roll out of stunning visuals leading up to the release of their debut album, Saturn Over Sunset, due September 8th on Jagjaguwar. They’re proud to present the video for their new single, “Clown.” “Clown” follows recent singles, “Daddy Long Legs,” “Blue Cigar” and “Leave You,” the latter two both receiving videos created by Midnight Sister’s Julianna Giraffe and her sister Nicky Giraffe. The sisters recently formed their own production house, Giraffe Studios LA, providing quite the stunning introduction for an exciting new band.
Midnight Sister — the project of intense creatives Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian — is brought to you by the isolating landscape of the San Fernando Valley — its colors, its diners, its lunatics, its neon lights. Both lifelong residents of this storied valley, Giraffe and Balouzian have only become more inspired by the area’s mythology over the years, it’s two-faced magical wonderland and tragic circus. And Saturn Over Sunset works almost as an album version of Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, each song a character study of the valley’s odd personae.
Giraffe, 23, a daughter of an LA disc jockey, was raised almost exclusively on disco and Bowie. Her lyrics and lyrical melodies, informed very much by her filmmaking background, were composed gazing out from a tiny retail window on Sunset Boulevard. Her “Rear Window”-like longing allowed her imagination to run wild and cook up the wild narratives that would fill Balouzian’s compositions. Balouzian, 27, classically trained and already a go-to arranger for odd-pop names like Tobias Jesso Jr. and Alex Izenberg.Midnight Sister represents a first for both of them. It’s Giraffe’s first time writing and performing music. And it’s Balouzian’s first foray into playing true pop music.
Saturn Over Sunset is a shared musical vision of Hollywood’s oddest corners. It is the baroque, eldritch alley you must pass through to fine the speakeasy night of your life. You’ll come out bleary-eyed and the sunrise will be pouring all pink and orange through the smog and palm trees.
Midnight Sister Tour Dates:
Wed. Sept. 27 – Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s w/ Foxygen
Thu. Sept. 28 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box w/ Foxygen