words by tom johnson
“The Smidley stuff was taking that democratic writing process and channeling it into more carefree subject matter,” Conor Murphy told us in our in-depth interview with the Foxing frontman last week, reflecting upon his debut solo LP as Smidley, which still sits as one of the year’s key releases. Journeying through various existential reflections and admonishments, it’s not your standard “carefree” record, reading more like a subtle cry for help amid the complex issues of drug and alcohol use and the reliance so many of us find in such things.
One of the record’s most compelling moments comes on the tender balladry of “Milkshake”, a clouded moment of uncomfortable truths laid bare through Murphy’s somewhat scorched vocal, which broods high above a gentle acoustic guitar and wavering ambience: “I love every moment when I’m fucked up / I listen so closely when I’m fucked up / I’m so happy when I’m fucked up,” he sings as the song quietly fades out of view, right in front of our eyes.
A few months on from the album’s release, that same heavy-hearted stand-out moment gets a brand new accompanying video today, and we’re very pleased to share it with you below. Featuring Murphy in various different guises, as the contradictorily bright subtitles play out below.
The new video was filmed in Iceland at the following locations; Stykkishólmur, Súgandisey, Tjaldsvæði, Gerðuberg, Búðakirkja, Djúpalónssandur, Grundarfjörður – and you can watch it below right now. Be sure to check out the full record too, which is out now on Triple Crown Records and available via the Smidley Bandcamp page here.