Psych-pop Band the Go Rounds Unveil Trippy Video Ahead of New LP (premiere)

Photo courtesy of the artist

The Go Rounds' "Foxtrot" heralds an album examining "the places, times, and relationships that hold our reflection," says songwriter Graham Parsons.

Teasing fans with what's to come on their forthcoming record, cult psychedelic pop-rock group the Go Rounds have unveiled a suitably eerie and deliciously delirious video for lead single "Foxtrot".

"The song 'Foxtrot' is a musical adaptation of a poem with the same title by Michael Dickman," says Graham Parsons, songwriter the Kalamazoo, Michigan, band. "The poem is about finding a dead, rotting animal in the middle of a field or life's proverbial 'dance floor.' Death and dying for many forms of living things can seem silent or mundane, can feel irrelevant, but when we look closer we see the microcosm as the macrocosm. A bloody chest cavity filled with ants and maggots, teeming with life. Often when we look for meaning or truth in our existence, we look outward, farther from ourselves, neglecting the infinite within all of us. So much can be said about the things we never see."

The album "Foxtrot" has a home on, Whatever You May Be, is due out Friday, 5 April.

Parsons described their second LP as "an examination of our mirrors — the places, times, and relationships that hold our reflection. A fever dream, sweating out an obsession with romantic partnerships or self-indulgence as means of seeking approval and creating self-worth. A clearing on the horizon."

He elaborated that the album captures that indefinable sense of becoming and never being, the contradictory reality of change itself being static.

"I forgot that I'm not where I'm from anymore," he said. "I belong wherever I am, and the work is never done. I am sick and I am well. Full of darkness and light. Capable of the worst and the best of things. Learning and unlearning. Can you see beyond my flaws, my weaknesses? Is it OK if I don't plan to stay put or settle, but rather, simply trust in the transient nature and cycle of all things?

"What I see in the mirror is what I see in you and in the world at large. There's no hiding the lines of age around my mouth and eyes. Change is the only constant, and when I leave I want you to feel better than before I came. Giving in is easy. Giving up is tired. Giving without reason or an expectation of return takes continuous practice and work, and the work still feels worth it to me."

"Foxtrot's" dizzying video of impressionistic, stop-motion dancers spinning with light-emitting fingers beneath a purple sky was directed by Maren Celest.

The video "is a manifestation of feelings prompted by the music and lyrics, embodied by some of my dearest friends (Alyssa Martinez, Despina Papadeas, and Nika Nemirovsky) for the reason that I wanted both a sense of nostalgia and intimacy and the feeling of exploring something completely new and so big-feeling, it might as well be discovering a planet," Celest said. "With all this in mind, I wanted a loose narrative — that my friends, just 'born' (falling from the sky), were exploring and dancing through an alien terrain (that is actually home), full of light and life until they dance their way right out into the mystery."

Celest attached tiny lights to the dancers' fingertips and used long exposure to add to the mysterious and futuristic aura she felt matched the feel of the poem and song.

"The Go Rounds have a sound that seems both really familiar and fresh, dotted with cosmic sounds that are beautiful, explosive, and hard to place," she continued. "I wanted the video to have lots of room for the driving and strong presence of the music and the viewer's imagination, meant to encourage them to do their own exploration. I also wanted the video to be a flurry of activity that would go through its entire lifespan in front of your eyes, a nod to the poem the lyrics were built on. One of my favorite functions of good poetry is that it has the capability to reveal limitless mystery and depth in things we might start to see as everyday, mundane. Good friends and good music are like this, too, and this is a really fun song to move to and explore to with your friends, [as] I can vouch!"

Wherever You May Be can be pre-ordered here.






Buridan's Ass and the Problem of Free Will in John Sturges' 'The Great Escape'

Escape in John Sturge's The Great Escape is a tactical mission, a way to remain in the war despite having been taken out of it. Free Will is complicated.


The Redemption of Elton John's 'Blue Moves'

Once reviled as bloated and pretentious, Elton John's 1976 album Blue Moves, is one of his masterpieces, argues author Matthew Restall in the latest installment of the 33 1/3 series.


Whitney Take a Master Class on 'Candid'

Although covers albums are usually signs of trouble, Whitney's Candid is a surprisingly inspired release, with a song selection that's eclectic and often obscure.


King Buzzo Continues His Reign with 'Gift of Sacrifice'

King Buzzo's collaboration with Mr. Bungle/Fantômas bassist Trevor Dunn expands the sound of Buzz Osborne's solo oeuvre on Gift of Sacrifice.


Jim O'Rourke's Experimental 'Shutting Down Here' Is Big on Technique

Jim O'Rourke's Shutting Down Here is a fine piece of experimental music with a sure hand leading the way. But it's not pushing this music forward with the same propensity as Luc Ferrari or Derek Bailey.


Laraaji Returns to His First Instrument for 'Sun Piano'

The ability to help the listener achieve a certain elevation is something Laraaji can do, at least to some degree, no matter the instrument.


Kristin Hersh Discusses Her Gutsy New Throwing Muses Album

Kristin Hersh thinks influences are a crutch, and chops are a barrier between artists and their truest expressions. We talk about life, music, the pandemic, dissociation, and the energy that courses not from her but through her when she's at her best.


The 10 Best Fleetwood Mac Solo Albums

Fleetwood Mac are the rare group that feature both a fine discography and a successful series of solo LPs from their many members. Here are ten examples of the latter.


Jamila Woods' "SULA (Paperback)" and Creative Ancestry and Self-Love in the Age of "List" Activism

In Jamila Woods' latest single "SULA (Paperback)", Toni Morrison and her 1973 novel of the same name are not static literary phenomena. They are an artist and artwork as galvanizing and alive as Woods herself.


The Erotic Disruption of the Self in Paul Schrader's 'The Comfort of Strangers'

Paul Schrader's The Comfort of Strangers presents the discomfiting encounter with another —someone like you—and yet entirely unlike you, mysterious to you, unknown and unknowable.


'Can You Spell Urusei Yatsura' Is a Much Needed Burst of Hopefulness in a Desultory Summer

A new compilation online pulls together a generous helping of B-side action from a band deserving of remembrance, Scotland's Urusei Yatsura.


Jess Cornelius Creates Tautly Constructed Snapshots of Life

Former Teeth & Tongue singer-songwriter Jess Cornelius' Distance is an enrapturing collection of punchy garage-rock, delicate folk, and arty synthpop anthems which examine liminal spaces between us.


Sikoryak's 'Constitution Illustrated' Pays Homage to Comics and the Constitution

R. Sikoryak's satirical pairings of comics characters with famous and infamous American historical figures breathes new and sometimes uncomfortable life into the United States' most living document.


South African Folk Master Vusi Mahlasela Honors Home on 'Shebeen Queen'

South African folk master Vusi Mahlasela pays tribute to his home and family with township music on live album, Shebeen Queen.


Planningtorock Is Queering Sound, Challenging Binaries, and Making Infectious Dance Music

Planningtorock emphasizes "queering sound and vision". The music industry has its hierarchies of style, of equipment, of identities. For Jam Rostron, queering music means taking those conventions and deliberately manipulating and subverting them.


'History Gets Ahead of the Story' for Jazz's Cosgrove, Medeski, and Lederer

Jazz drummer Jeff Cosgrove leads brilliant organ player John Medeski and multi-reed master Jeff Lederer through a revelatory recording of songs by William Parker and some just-as-good originals.


A Fresh Look at Free Will and Determinism in Terry Gilliam's '12 Monkeys'

Susanne Kord gets to the heart of the philosophical issues in Terry Gilliam's 1995 time-travel dystopia, 12 Monkeys.


The Devonns' Debut Is a Love Letter to Chicago Soul

Chicago's the Devonns pay tribute the soul heritage of their city with enough personality to not sound just like a replica.

Collapse Expand Reviews

Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.