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Dublin Duo Elgin (The Young Folk) New Album 'Weightless/Still' Out May 28th via Pixie Pace Records

Elgin have released a brand new video for their new single ‘Stone’s Throw’, the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming album Weightless / Still out on May 28th via Pixie Pace Records (ARC Music Productions International).

‘Stone’s Throw’ is an emotive song of personal reflection on the more solemn points in life, yet the message is uplifted with anthemic musicality in a huge soaring chorus of beautiful vocal harmonies awash with glorious keys. The accompanying video accents its emotional nature, featuring a beautifully choreographed dance from Aiobhinn O Dea that portrays a search for stability.

Regarding the single singer Paul Butler says, “The song is a self-evaluation at a low point. Very much a different version of myself, someone I most probably couldn't relate to anymore. But a version that needed to happen.”

Speaking about the video Anthony Furey says, “The performance tells the story of many struggling between their true nature and who society believes they should be. Aoibhinn with her choreography and performances brings to life this conflict. She’s constantly pulled between feelings and fighting to find balance just to find herself once again returning to her safe place.”

The Dublin duo came together having travelled the breadth of the globe as the acclaimed collective The Young Folk and now with Weightless / Still they continue their musical journey under the name Elgin.

Weightless / Still is a stunning atmospheric indie-folk record, which incorporates a wide range of instrumentation with lush guitars, synths, keys, brass and more, all enveloped in decadent vocal harmonies creating a vast, expansive sound.

The tracks on Weightless / Still tackle themes of defeats, epiphanies, minor victories, smaller blessings and daily awkwardness, such as the idea of imposter syndrome in the lead single ‘Cherry Picked’, with its perfectly weighted line “You wanted a falcon, I gave you a finch”, or the deprivation of finding comfort in region as found in previous single ‘Oh Love’.

The deeply honest record also takes on the feeling of not being able to help somebody anymore (‘Bulletproof’), while also mediating in the garden and letting the mind wander (‘Apple Tree’), broken love (‘Fault Lines’), or feeling lost and clueless at the end of a relationship (‘Hopeless Swimmer’, written by Anthony).

Then there’s ‘Sloe’, a song inspired by Colum McCann’s short story Fishing the Sloe Black River, which was turned into a film by Paul’s uncle, Brendan. “Everything in that song is about something completely different – trips, love, life, holidays, friends,” he says.

The album captures so many feelings and states of mind, all aspiring ultimately perhaps to a feeling we often dream about, the feeling of being weightless and still. “As in out-of-body,” says Paul. “The feeling that we never have.”



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