Last month, indie electronic duo Mount Kimbie joined forces with none other than the inimitable James Blake for their first track in years, “We Go Home Together.” It was the first track from the group since 2013’s Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. Now, they have shared a kindred video for another new song, “Marilyn.” It features vocals from Micachu — an Oscar-nominated artist the group calls “a constant source of inspiration.”
The song opens with wobbly percussive bells & melodies until a minimal electronic drum loop takes them captive. Micachu sings, “I’m looking up at you / Are you looking up at me?” An infectious bass guitar thumps in the distance with Mount Kimbie’s signature delayed vocals bouncing from ear to ear. Quiet brass horns enter to compliment the song’s bright, pensive soundscape. The instrumental elements fit nicely into Mount Kimbie’s catalog of downtempo electronica.
The video — directed by renowned photographer and filmmaker Mark Lebon — creates “an intimate portrait of family life.” Home videos of children and various family members sleeping & playing flash from scene to scene, with miscellaneous visuals coming between them, such as a Marilyn Monroe-esque figure having wind blown up her dress. The video for their James Blake-assisted track “We Go Home Together” was directed by Mark Lebon’s son, Frank Lebon.
In the post on the band’s Facebook, they additionally wrote, “We’re also announcing our EU tour which starts in October. Can’t wait to be back playing gigs every night with our band-mates Andrea and Marc. Lots of new music and new ideas for us so we hope to see you somewhere on our travels.” While details about their new album have yet to be fully revealed, these past two singles are a promising sign for what’s to come from the UK duo. Get tickets for their upcoming tour here.