Hiatus Feat. Shura: We Can Be Ghosts Now, 29th April 2013
We Can Be Ghosts Now is producer Hiatus’ anticipated reunion with singer-songwriter Shura, whose ethereal vocals became a beacon for bedroom electronica fans the world over after the pair released their lament to lost love, Fortune’s Fool, in 2011.
WCBGN, set to a stunning video by award-winning stop-motion animator Tom Jobbins, is a more intricate and uptempo track than its predecessor – a slowly building structure of drifting strings, rusting music boxes and distant piano lines, the whole lot held in place by an abstract shuffle of percussion and eventually collapsing in a crescendo of rumbling bass.
And collapsing structures are a running theme in WCBGN, a track that from its first line – ‘Bury everything you own on a hill in Peckham Rye’ – conjures up images of London in the grips of an attack: roads blocked by fleeing cars, rivers running black and red, tracer fire scarring the sky.
Yet this is also a love song: the story of a couple trying to find each other amid the carnage of an urban end of days, and a project more than ten years in the making for Hiatus – real name Cyrus Shahrad – who wrote the lyrics.
“I've been returning to the subject of September 11th in my writing and my music since the event itself,” he says. “Trying to artistically represent the scale of that day’s destruction is futile given the wealth of documentary footage, which is too powerful to allow for creative interpretation. But I do think there’s a place for exploring the human stories that unfolded in the dust cloud, especially those guided by love on a day remembered largely as an act of overwhelming hate.”
Shura had already collaborated with Hiatus on Tiny Doors, written to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the attacks in 2011, and felt a kinship with WCBGN from the start.
“I remember when Cyrus first played me the 20-second loop that eventually became the track,” she says. “Even then I was haunted by this hypnotic beat and the sense of something altogether more mournful at its core. It’s a song as sparse as it is rich, and the imagery of those two former lovers, now leading separate lives, finding each other again amid the chaos and collapse of everything they once knew… that’s something I find irrevocably moving.”
PRAISE FOR HIATUS
“I’m down.” James Lavelle
“A truly gorgeous album of uplifting electronica.” Eddy Temple-Morris
“An unbroken wave of haunting electronica that allows you to forget – albeit briefly – that people like James Blunt walk the earth.” The Stool Pigeon
NOTES TO EDITOR
1. We Can Be Ghosts Now (feat. Shura)