Video Premiere: Fotoform – ‘We Only Have So Long’

Taking their name from a mid-century, avant-garde photography movement, Seattle’s Fotoform create melodic, gauzy, and driving post punk with their second album, Horizons, out October 15 through Dismal Nitch Records.

Watch the video for the album’s latest single “We Only Have So Long” below:

Fotoform take an ambitious leap forward with Horizons. Long-time music collaborators (and married couple) Kim House (bass, vocals, synths) and Geoffrey Cox (guitar) are now joined by former Death Cab for Cutie/Long Winters drummer Michael Schorr.

With recording sessions bookending the lockdown, Horizons pivots from the wall of guitars on their self-titled debut to a more nuanced and cinematic follow-up, adding synths and layers of guitars, while drawing on the textures of shoegaze and dream pop with the drive of post-punk.

On the track and its accompanying video, House states:

“This song, to me, is a gentle reminder to hold each other close while we can—remotely or otherwise. An unfolding of the lesson we all know in our hearts but always somehow learn too late. Life is uncertain. Time is limited. Love is sometimes strongest when we are pulled from one another. ‘We Only Have So Long’ is the sound of my heart breaking.

“The initial demo was written on March 16, 2020. The pandemic was surging in a locked down Italy (where we have friends, have toured, and where I was studying just a couple of months before) and Seattle, which has been “ground zero” in the U.S., had just announced a full shutdown of all restaurants, bars, businesses, etc., and deaths were starting to pile up.

“My father, who I was very close to, had just flown to Atlanta for my brother’s birthday. He had recently had a health scare, and my mind just kept going to a dark place of, ‘What if I never see him again?’ It’s still somewhat unimaginable to me that that’s what ended up happening …”

“This was a difficult song to record in the studio, emotionally and otherwise. We kept the original keyboard tracks I had recorded on the demo in the final version so that it is still directly tied to that day and to those (very raw) emotions. I had written and recorded the original bass part on the demo in a single take, and it was challenging and heart wrenching to go back and try to learn/capture what I’d played. It was important to me that the recorded version stayed as close as possible to the initial version I shared with my dad.

“I always hesitate to ascribe meaning to songs, as I think it’s important to leave things open to interpretation. There are always multiple layers embedded that evolve and shift, based on the perspective of the listener. Even for me, the resonance of this track shifted after my dad died, and continues to evolve, even now, as my memories of that period intertwine with the present.”

Preorder Horizons here.

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