Video: Dark Tropics – Badlands (Official Video)

In EILE’s music section this morning, we are delighted to feature 19-year-old singer/songwriter Rio, and producer/songwriter Gerard from Belfast, aka pop-noir duo, Dark Tropics, and their latest atmospheric single, Badlands – a dark, pared-back ballad, with Rio’s powerful voice soaring over Gerard’s emotive piano. Citing influences such as Radiohead and The Velvet Underground, the duo described their new track:
“Badlands is our attempt to capture the feel of an epic American western in a 3-minute pop song. We shot the video in a number of locations around Belfast on a very cold February afternoon, and ended up mostly using footage from Botanic Gardens and The Drying Room Gallery”. Their creative vision has borne fruit, with timeless, cinematic pop-noir, powered by analogue instruments and retro recording techniques. Asked about their plans for the year ahead, they say:
“The first half of 2020 will see us release a series of singles and videos, and finish our debut album, which will be released at the end of the year”.
We can’t wait to hear it!
Dark Tropics Upcoming Shows
22 April – Galway – Róisín Dubh
14 May – Dublin – Whelan’s (Eastbound)
15 May – Dublin – Workman’s Club (Eastbound)
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