KINO MOTEL share the video for their debut single “Waves,” a sprawling, ominous, cinematic “grit pop” track. XS Noize is pleased to exclusively premiere the video today!
Currently, Melbourne based, the duo, comprised of Ed Fraser and Rosa Mercedes, wrote “Waves” over the course of one week in a cheap Bangkok hotel, inspired by an intense experience they had while in Thailand in 2019. In “Waves,” the duo sing of being trapped, unable to escape, and convey the need to find a different way out.
The composition is influenced by cinema; “Waves” evokes both shadowy neo-noir and dusty, dried-out Italo-Western deserts. Fraser and Mercedes’ voices blend, harmonize, and separate, while dark and melancholic violins and guitars bend and weave around gritty and rock-set bass, synth, and drums.
The Kung fu-inspired video for debut single Waves forms the first of an adventurous series that will see Kino Motel take their action duo dreams around the globe. Featuring a rooftop Kung fu master and a villain with strange demands, the video takes us on a journey through the gritty backstreets of Bangkok. Having shot Waves in Thailand, in future the second single from Kino Motel takes us to Vietnam, the third in the series to Australia, with more to come.
Check out the video for ‘Waves’ – BELOW:
“Waves” features violin, drums, and tam-tam from Josefin Runsteen (Damien Rice, Jens Lekman), and percussion from Sebastian Maschat (The Whitest Boy Alive). The song was recorded in Berlin and Melbourne by Sebastian Maschat and Ed Fraser respectively and mastered in Hamburg by Philipp Welsing.
KINO MOTEL is the brand new project from Ed Fraser and Rosa Mercedes, with a series of upcoming releases they’ve labelled ‘grit pop’. After meeting in a commune in Berlin, the duo deserted together and hit the road. Following a grimy and particularly sweaty basement karaoke session somewhere in Vietnam in 2019, Fraser and Mercedes realized they needed to form a band, and KINO MOTEL was created. Named for the bar in which it was conceived, KINO MOTEL listeners can expect dusty melancholic gritty pop.