British singer-songwriter Wesley Gonzalez has shared his latest single, a duet with former Pipette Rose Elinor Dougall titled ‘Greater Expectations’.
With Robert Fripp-esque jagged guitar lines and the wonderful blend of the two vocalists, with Gonzalez representing the harried yin to Dougall’s detached cool yang, ‘Greater Expectations’ is a funky, loose jam that’s not afraid to dive deep into melodic pop or scuzzy indie rock. Gonzalez and Dougall don’t exactly seem like an ideal pairing on paper, but their combined styles feed off each other in fascinating, and often brilliant, ways.
“Greater Expectations was co-written with the brilliant Rose Elinor Dougall in the summer of 2019, I believe it came from discussing the hypocrisy of flawed people on Instagram being public-facing self-help charlatans,” Wesley says. “We wanted to write something that expresses something positive whilst also managing to be somewhat sneering towards social media’s vacuous status-seeking which can feel like looking into the window of a yuppy showroom.”
“We were thinking about ideas surrounding the future or what a certain group of people feel that their futures were entitled to be,” Dougall adds, “that perhaps there’s a need to face up to those potentialities not existing anymore.”
“The track was recorded just a couple of weeks before the full national lockdown started in late February 2020 by Euan Hinshelwood to tape at his Vacant TV studios in Greenwich and then mixed remotely by Jamie Neville at Teeth Studios,” Wesley states. “The accompanying stop-motion animated video is the first of its kind to be solely animated by a photocopier. Directed by Tim Stevens, the video takes every frame of a traditionally shot full band performance and manipulates these images, employing various techniques, through a xerox machine and then pieced back together frame by frame and reanimated into the finished product.”
Check out the video for ‘Greater Expectations’ down below.