Video Premiere: Pretty City Soar with New Love in “Flying”

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Love, lust, desire; it’s all a whirlwind, isn’t it? One minute, you’re in your own world – minding your own thoughts, looking after yourself – and the next, you’re sharing your entire being with someone else: Your time, your energy, your thoughts; everything transitions from one to two. Pretty City’s new single “Flying” captures the overwhelming euphoria of new love through a dazzling display of carefree energy, passion and joy.

Please tie my hands and tie my feet
please roll me down your one way street
’cause you make me feel…
yeah yeah
Watch: “Flying” – Pretty City

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering the music video for “Flying,” the latest single off Pretty City’s forthcoming sophomore album Cancel the Future. The long-anticipated follow-up to the Melbourne trio’s 2016 debut ColorizeCancel the Future finds Hugh Matthews, Johnny Rock and Drew Schapper continuing to blur the boundaries of Britpop, shoegaze, and rock through crunchy, fuzzed-up songs packed with bright, punchy melodies.

While lead single “Nothing Happens for Free” cuts a mean, hardened edge through Pretty City’s sound, “Flying” finds the band taking off in a different direction. The warm, grooving drop of sunshine glows with radiant classic Britpop energy, resembling something we might have heard out of the UK in 1995. It’s a testament to love’s universal impact: No matter where or when you feel it, love hits us all in special ways.

Flying - Pretty City

Flying – Pretty City

Please pull my hair and grit my teeth
You make me care now I’m in deep
And it makes me feel…
You make me feel
Like I’m flying
Yeah I feel
Like I’m I’m flying

“‘Flying’ was inspired by the golden age of glam rock,” shares Pretty City drummer and backing vocalist Dave Schapper. “We were listening to lots of T-Rex and Bowie, but were equally influenced by Brian Jonestown Massacre tunes like Whoever You Are, which capture a beautiful energy while dealing with emotional subject matter. We wanted to capture the whimsy of glam but with the emotions of a new relationship, where love overwhelms us and sweeps us off on the wind. It’s really just a fun tune about the wonderful feelings of new love.”

Please pull me down and push me up
Please drain my heart to fill your cup
And you make me feel
And it makes me feel
You make me feel
Like I’m flying
Yeah it makes me feel like I’m flying

Shot on what feels like washed-out 8mm tape, Pretty City’s “Flying” video carries a rich nostalgic element that nicely complements the song’s music and lyrics. We watch a couple excitedly embark on a roadtrip together, stopping to review their maps and admire nature’s beauty along the way. The two seem deeply in love, like honeymooners tackling the world as one for the very first time. It’s a sight to see, and perhaps it is as old as it feels – it might be one of the band members’ parents home videos, rather than a new film shot with the past in mind.

Either way, what “Flying” and Pretty City remind us of most is that love transcends time: Its magic is palpable in every time, age, and place. Join Pretty City and get high on love with “Flying,” exclusively on Atwood Magazine.

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com