Following the release of their acclaimed eponymous debut album on Fortuna POP!, Chorusgirl reveal the video for their latest single “Dream On Baby Blue”. Directed by Christina Hardinge, the clip was shot on Super 8 – coinciding with the format’s 50th anniversary this year. A nod to The Slit’s “Typical Girls” video directed by Don Letts, the video was filmed at a bandstand in Victoria Park.
Chorusgirl’s thrilling eponymous debut album came out on13 November via Fortuna POP! The new single “Dream on Baby Blue” was described by songwriter Silvi Wersing explains as being; “mostly about feeling powerless and small and the demands that others make on you to speak up, but that there can also be beauty and dignity in silence if you just stay who you are.” The band hit the road this week with shows in Sheffield and Leeds, with further dates in December and then playing at London’s Winter Sprinter at The Lexington on Wednesday 6 January.
Formed in London, Chorusgirl is the brainchild of German songwriter, singer and rhythm guitarist Silvi Wersing. Blending the shimmering dreaminess of 4AD bands like Lush, the noir pop of The Cure and the bittersweet electricity of The Breeders, the ten songs on the album sparkle with melody and pop nous but are stealthily subverted by something darker.
Watch “Dream On Baby Blue” by Chorusgirl BELOW:
After several years playing in bands that either split up or fizzled out, fed up with being someone else’s bassist and feeling like the eternal chorus girl to other people’s dreams, Silvi Wersing decided to strike out on her own. Naming her own band with a heavy dose of irony, she recruited Udo Westhoff (bass), Michael Boyle (drums) and Diogo Oliveira (lead guitar) to flesh out the demos she had made on her laptop, polishing the recordings to a hi-fi sheen in Bear Cave Studios in Cologne.
Dig beneath the surface of the perfect pop songs on Chorusgirl and you’ll find heavy lyrics about saying goodbye, giving up, grief, alienation and loneliness. It’s all deliberately coded though, shrouded in the metaphysical poetry that Silvi does so well. As she explains, “Most things in life are complex, so lyrics should be too. I like subversion and the non-obvious. Like the best kind of horror films.”
With their debut album Chorusgirl breathe new life into guitar pop, reinvigorating the genre with fresh hooks and sharp-edged songs full of heartache, anger and grit. No longer the eternal chorus girl to other people’s dreams, Silvi Wersing is creating the soundtrack to her own – and perhaps her nightmares too.