Portland alternative pop / postmodern rock outfit Sun Atoms have revealed their new single ‘Ceiling Tiles’, and its accompanying video.
The track is out on February 23 via Little Cloud Records digitally and on 7″ vinyl. Written around a compelling baseline by Peter G. Holmström (The Dandy Warhols, Pete International Airport), Ceiling Tiles was mixed by the iconic Jagz Kooner (Massive Attack, Primal Scream, Oasis, Garbage). This is the first taste of the band’s sophomore album, due out in late spring.
The video follows ghosts on a velvety caper through an endless maze, arriving at a house of cards on the verge of metaphysical collapse. The B-side complements chills with thrills with a unique rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic, here dubbed ‘Tower of Song (in the key of JAMC)’.
Speaking about it vocalist Jsun Atoms, explains:
“When I was a child, I saw a being made of light climb through my bedroom window, they stood at the foot of my bed and reached out to touch my foot. Mesmerizing and haunting, much like the new Sun Atoms single ‘Ceiling Tiles’, which reveals a story of characters living under a faux sky being manipulated to make it appear that the stars are aligning, when in fact, above this tiled Truman Show, the stars are doing just that. The characters in the song go about their day-to-day dance while the globe they are spinning on becomes an eye.”
Filmed by Brady Tuazon, this video follows several characters, who come to life from of a deck of tarot cards. An amalgamation of new colors in psychedelic, dark wave, and post-modern pop, ‘Ceiling Tiles’ explores a dreamy netherworld peeling away under the heartbeat like a synthesized glove. A cautionary tale of a dystopian future, some of which is already materializing before our eyes now, we follow the characters into a mirror, where they live outside of the lines under a faux sky, only to find that the planet itself is an eye, crying rain. Do they make it through the maze of plastic plants and security guards and get the message out in order to light up the world?
Pre-order the single here and watch the clip below.
Sun Atoms Upcoming Tour Dates
23 – BOISE, ID – Treefort Festival, In-store at Record Exchange
24 – BOISE, ID – Treefort Festival, Shrine Social Club
25 – SACRAMENTO, CA – Old Ironsides
27 – LAS VEGAS, NV – The Usual Place
28 – LOS ANGELES, CA – The Moroccan Lounge
29 – PIONEERTOWN, CA – Red Dog Saloon
30 – SAN FRANSCISCO, CA – Kilowatt
5 – PORTLAND, Oregon – Star Theater
6 – SEATTLE, WA – Seagaze Festival, Tractor Tavern Seattle
Photo Credit: Brady Tuazon