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Sons of Raphael - AKA brothers Loral and Ronnel Raphael - have unveiled an official music video for their new song "Siren Music." The single follows the release of "He Who Makes the Morning Darkness" as the second single from their upcoming and yet-to-be-announced debut album, due this year via Because Music (Christine and the Queens, Justice, Metronomy).

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The video was directed by one half of Sons of Raphael, Loral, and is the band's second collaboration with illustrious cinematographer Manuel Claro (Melancholia, The House that Jack Built), who also shot the video for the duo's "A Nation of Bloodsuckers." The choreography from Tom Heyes is a literal representation of the song's lyrics as Loral and brother Ronnel violently rise and fall - "Magic carpets carry our souls, moonwards a city rises and falls" - and culminates with them slumped stagnant on the ground, "nameless we lay dead on the floor."

On the meaning behind the clip, Ronnel explains, "The video opens with a quote from an elegy in the book of Lamentations: 'Joy has left our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning'. It portrays the downfall of God's people who have sinned and in turn have lost their honour, no longer bearing the gifts of God. The 'Siren Music' video echoes this gloomy picture of a nation in disgrace, lamenting the loss of God in our time, through the medium of dance. It becomes a visual representation of the song that questions how our language has become spiritually obsolete, 'Throats parched with empty words, like wadis a thirst for God'. A city becomes a mirror of the human condition as a resurrection towards God is envisioned, 'Magic carpets carry our souls, moonwards a city rises and falls', articulated in the violent choreography evident in the video. Nonetheless, it becomes apparent that the truth is too frightening to deal with, 'So what truth can I believe in a world that wants to be deceived'? In turn, the fate of the human condition remains the same, 'nameless we lay dead on the floor."

Praise for Sons Of Raphael

"Our fave new band" - i-D

"Every now and then a band comes along with such panache that you have to wonder if the band are real at all. Sons of Raphael could be that band." - Loud and Quiet

"Beach Boys-like vocals, Pink Floydian portentousness, choral harmonies, brass, woodwind and fairground organ is a statement of intent..." - Sunday Times Culture

February 21, 2020 12:06pm ET by Pressparty  

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