Steady Holiday has premiered her new video for "Love and Pressure" from her forthcoming album Nobody's Watching, out 5th October on Barsuk Records.
Steady Holiday, the indie-pop project of LA's Dre Babinski talks about her new video, "A lot of oversimplified advice gets thrown around and though it's usually well-intended, it can be
isolating. The song is about feeling social paralysis, and I wanted to have fun with that theme for the video, taking the lyrics very literally."
Produced by Gus Seyffert (Roger Waters, Beck, Bedouine), Nobody's Watching folds a sense of modern age paranoia into Steady Holiday's evocative soundscapes, resulting in an album that's both dreamy and unsettling. It includes themes like "greed, fear and self-interest; the ugly and troubling edges of human nature,” which are evident in the singles, "Nobody's Watching", "Who's Gonna Stop Us" and "Mothers". “There are so many horrible examples of manipulation and impunity in the news right now that feel unprecedentedly dramatic, but it’s important to remember that these figures have been around forever,” Babinski explains.
Steady Holiday will tour Europe this month:
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Steady Holiday is an appropriate name for an artist whose music feels like the soundtrack to your fondest memory. Or your deepest heartbreak. Or the dream sequence from a David Lynch film. There's
a nostalgia present in Dre Babinski's songwriting that leaves you longing for the familiarity of a bygone era - just not one you can necessarily pin down.
After years growing up playing in bands around Los Angeles, Dre recently began writing and recording for herself - on her own, in secret, developing a body of work about hidden desire itself. Establishing a sound defined by her featherlight voice floating above sweeping strings, her 2016 debut Under the Influence led to opening for artists like Mitski, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
Dre worked with producer Gus Seyffert to create a sound that echoes the narrative told on Nobody's Watching. From the sunny and observant to the dark and critical, the tone ranges from levity to paranoia through layers of analog synths and chilling strings played by Dre herself. There are moments of cinematic intensity reminiscent of a James Bond score, yet the subtle tape hiss and creaking chairs remind us that this is an album made by people. It is warm and it breathes, the same way the human touch can both soothe and suffocate.