With their new album ‘Crocus’ set for release on 24th September, Ohio indie-pop four-piece The Ophelias are sharing their newest single ‘Sacrificial Lamb’.
“Originally, I didn’t want ‘Sacrificial Lamb’ to be on the album, but Andrea and Mic pushed me to keep it,” explains vocalist and guitarist Spencer Peppet. “Andrea’s layered violins transformed the song beyond what I had imagined, and it quickly became a group favorite. That kind of collaboration on Ophelias’ songs is what makes them what they are. This song is a reflection on a night from my freshman year of college, walking home from a party and feeling overwhelmed by a rush of emotions: self-loathing, frustration at the person I wanted love and attention from, longing to be the cool, unaffected girl I wanted to be (and thought I could be if I tried hard enough). I got on the subway and cried, enjoying that no one on the train looked twice.”
And on the accompanying visuals, Spencer adds, “Jo and I co-directed this video, and we wanted it to feel tongue-in-cheek and playful. We always appreciate a music video with a sense of humor, and wanted to emulate 90’s MTV mixed with slightly glamorous prop comedy. We filmed in January, when it was snowing and freezing cold. It made bouncing on the trampoline tough, but lent a cool texture to the outdoor scenes. We had lots of hand warmers in our pockets! Alex Halstead shot the video, and wanted to support the sense of humor by creating self-aware visuals through stagey, two dimensional compositions and stylized disco lighting.”
Check it out now below.
2. Sacrificial Lamb
3. Neil Young on High (feat. Julien Baker)
5. Spirit Sent
6. Biblical Names
8. Becoming A Nun
9. Spitting Image
10. Under Again
11. The Twilight Zone
It’s the third preview of debut album ‘Makes Me Sick Makes Me Smile’, due this month.
It comes alongside the news that they’ve signed to Dead Oceans.
The trio’s last album came in 2017 with ‘After Laughter’.
The “dance banger” track, which appears on imminent new album ‘Hold The Girl’, is described as a “turning point” in the record.