Following the 2016 release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Divine Love’, Swedish/Belgian duo Victoria+Jean will return with the Producer Henrik Alsér (The Hives, Coldplay) produced follow-up ‘Underdog’ this spring.
Taken from ‘Underdog’, today they release the first single from it ‘Free Insult’. Built upon a sinister synthesized baseline, it intermittently ignites with bursts of distorted guitars, thundering drums and Victoria’s visceral vocals.
Victoria describes the song as “a reaction towards all these free hug movements. We’re living in a time of silent dictatorship. A time of ‘oh you cannot say nor do that’, and in some cases you can be totally censored”.
“It just feels like we no longer have the right to really criticize nor get angry or scream. And writing down something with some offensive words or content is going to be censored, banished and taken away. ‘Free Insult’ was our reaction to that. I’m not asking you to do free hugs nor to insult someone but to assume who you are and what you think”.
‘Free Insult’ comes backed by a video by long time friend of the band Corentin Kopp. Shot entirely on VHS using multiples cameras, Corentin explains, “the video embraces generation loss, analogue titling and improvisation, with the aim of recreating the energy of the track and embrace the delicate poetry of its lyrics”.
“The split screen or the VHS game is something you see quite often these days but I hope that by using 4 cameras, and taking inspiration from comics book and the cinerama process, I managed to bring something visually a bit different”.
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