Kiwi Jr. have shared a video for their new single, “The Sound of Music.”
The track serves as the final preview of their forthcoming album, Chopper, out this Friday, August 12th. “The Sound of Music” is a fun, jangle-pop anthem that is a sort of fan-fiction dedicated to Julie Andrews. Directed by Laura-Lynn Petrick, the accompanying video features hazy, retro shots of the band performing along to the track.
“Some names are so loaded that I can’t resist inserting them into a song, and Julie Andrews is one,” singer/guitarist Jeremy Gaudet explains. “Her name brings up a certain feeling. I didn’t rewatch the movie before writing the song, so it’s from memory, but I knew ‘So Long Farewell’ and ‘I Have Confidence.’ There’s this idea of her marriage falling apart after the success of the movie – she was married young to a production designer. I don’t really know how it all went down, but my version makes for good drama. This is Kiwi Jr at our most melodramatic. The song borders on fan-fiction, which is something I usually try to avoid, however this started to get juicy and I had to follow it through.”
Watch the video for “The Sound of Music” below.
Chopper was produced by Wolf Parade cofounder and Arcade Fire guitarist Dan Boeckner. The 10 track collection marks Boeckner’s first official release as a producer, and it’s the first time the Toronto band has worked with an outside producer. The album also features backing vocals from Dorothea Paas.
Check out the tracklist for Chopper below or pre-order it here.
01 – “Unspeakable Things”
02 – “Parasite II”
03 – “Clerical Sleep”
04 – “Night Vision”
05 – “The Extra Sees the Film”
06 – “Contract Killers”
07 – “The Sound of Music”
08 – “Downtown Area Blues”
09 – “Kennedy Curse”
10 – “The Masked Singer”