By Maya Azizli
While all the young academics were heading back to class this month, Vancouver-based art pop quintet Only A Visitor were busy preparing their upcoming album, Technicolour Education. The album won’t be officially released until January 2019 but BeatRoute is excited to premiere the music video for the album’s first single, “Ghosts.”
Filmed by Julia Hutchings, the video features interpretive dance by Maya Tenzer and Ria Girard over top of three part harmonies and stripped instrumentals — this song is Bjork’s light-footed nymph-child. The first sounds we’ve heard from the band since their 2017 LP, Lines, Robyn Jacob’s swift songwriting and serpentine arrangements pair well with the talents of her bandmates Kevin Romain (drums), Jeff Gammon (bass), and singers Emma Postl and Celina Kurz.
“Ghosts” is an homage to ghost towns in British Columbia, fueled by Jacob’s own family encounters with ghosts of the past. She was inspired to write the album when her mother found her grandfather’s head tax certificate while cleaning out her grandmother’s home.
“It led me to research more about the history of Chinese immigration to Canada, specifically Western Canada, and how racist government policies broke up families, and how that has affected the community today,” Jacob says.
Only A Visitor are paying a visit to the Roundhouse Performance Centre (Vancouver) on November 16. The show is in collaboration with the Kingsgate Chorus, a 30 member pop choir. Also on the bill is Gamelan Bike Bike, a Balinese inspired gamelan made out of bicycle parts.
Technicolour Education will be released on January 12, 2019.