Age of Consent - Heartbreak





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Published on Apr 15, 2012

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Heartbreak is the second single from experimental duo Age of Consent. Exploring the territory between pop music and something all together more strange. Heartbreak is a dark, bittersweet, danceable track.

With a percussive Prince-like drum sound and skittering analogue synthesizers that fizz into forlorn, melodic vocals, Heartbreak is an after-dark hymn to a long-dead love affair. The song takes it's inspiration from the death of loved ones and reimagines the loss as the harrowing end of a relationship.

Drawing upon a passion for brooding electronic music such as Fever Ray and Soft Cell, Age of Consent produced this single along with previous collaborator/producer Luke Smith who has previously worked with Depeche Mode and Foals. Including on the B-Side their metronomic cover version of Suicide's 'Ghost Rider', which has become something of a live favourite.

Directed by Gareth Phillips (Cat's Eyes, Is Tropical) and the band themselves, the video is partly inspired by Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies, and his idea of setting specific limitations before starting creative work. The band eschewed post-production techniques and only shot effects that could be achieved live. Using a series of projectors connected to cameras filming their own output, they created an intense succession of visual feedback, in some ways indebted to Henri-Georges Clouzot's film 'La Prisonierre' as well as a tongue in cheek nod to Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Age of Consent are Joe Reeves and Darren Cullen. After meeting at Glasgow School of Art they moved to London to make music and produce remixes for the likes of La Roux, Gary Numan and The Toxic Avenger. Their first single 'The Beach' was released in late 2011.


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