Friday 23 August— Today is a good day for Lips fans, with the release of the brilliant new stand-alone single and video ‘Guilty Talk’ and the news that the duo behind the giant pair of lips on legs, Stephanie Brown and Fen Ikner, are currently in their studio working on their long anticipated full length debut, due for release in April next year.
Mixed by creative genius Kody Neilson, ‘Guilty Talk’ is somewhat of a comeback track by Lips, whose sound could be described as Prince meets The Pixies. They’re best known in music circles for the Silver Scroll winning song ‘Everything to me’, but have spent much of the past five years scoring, playing and producing music for the stage show Daffodils and its film adaptation. On Monday, it was announced that the duo are finalists for the APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award, which will be presented at the 2019 Silver Scroll Awards.
After a planned two week theatre season for Daffodils turned into a half-decade project, it is perhaps ironic that Lips’ first new original music in some time unpacks the danger of assuming things.
“'Guilty Talk' is a song about challenging learned assumptions; things you’ve grown up believing just because once upon a time somebody told you that they were so,” says Brown.
“The video was directed by Maria-Ines Manchego and made entirely on Super 8 film. Shot guerilla style on the streets of Tokyo, it features two dancers: Masa and Fuka, a couple in real life, from the dance studio Tokyo Buza.