Emily Moales has reunited with Kevin Basko to release a new album as Star Moles called Camelot, and to celebrate the release, they’ve shared a video for “Blood Hounds (Bad News Babe),” premiering now on Indie88.
The catchy new glam rock track comes packed with shimmering keys, a driven drum beat, and gritty vocals, as Moales delivers lines like, “But when I heard you holler,/ I knew I was too late/ Now I’m waiting in a diner for the bloodhounds of fate.” The accompanying video comes packed with colourful, flashy shots of Moales performing along to the track beneath bright, captivating graphics.
“‘Bloodhounds’ is a boisterous glam rock song comprised of several layers of pelting pianos, thunderous drums, and slinking desert rattlesnake guitars,” Star Moles explain, “with lyrics warning of the oncoming ‘bloodhounds of fate’ and the ominous promise of ‘bad news, babe.'”
Watch the video for “Bloodhounds (Bad News Babe)” and check out a Q&A about the song below.
What inspired “Bloodhounds (Bad News Babe)?”
“I started with the idea of wanting to make a song like “Needle In The Camel’s Eye” by Brian Eno that really drives forward hard the whole time. That forward movement and the explosiveness of the dissonant piano riff are what inspired the lyrics.”
Who produced it?
“What was the recording experience like? The song and the record it’s from were produced by Kevin Basko of Rubber Band Gun. It was my first time recording in a studio and using analogue equipment, as well as my first time working with a producer. I loved witnessing the song’s transformation during the process into a sound that exceeded the expectations I have of my own songwriting, which wouldn’t have been achieved without Kevin’s production wizardry and playing on the track.”
What do you want people to take away from the song?
“I want people to get the song stuck in their heads and think “damn I haven’t heard hooks like this in a long time, this should be in a movie.” I hope when people listen to it they feel like they are in some sort of action adventure danger movie.”
Was there a particular mood you were trying to capture? A story you were trying to tell?
“The song kind of built itself on itself. The repetitive, ascending chord progression inspired the chugging piano, guitar, and vocal melodies, which created the mood of impending doom, danger, and urgency that the lyrics about being on the run from something reflect. It has a cinematic cohesiveness
that I’m really proud of.”
Anything else noteworthy?
“There’s a demo version of the song on my Bandcamp that has a weird slow bridge section about horses.”
Stream their new album Camelot in full below.