Today, July Talk shares their brand new video for their song “Picturing Love,” which premiered Friday via The Independent. “[The song] questions how online porn affects modern relationships and society’s attitude towards sex,” said The Independent. The song is off July Talk’s sophomore album, Touch, out now on Island Records. When discussing the video for “Picturing Love,” director Jared said:
“Picturing Love was born out of a discussion with July Talk about the effect of modern technology on relationships. There is a sense that the plethora of different screens we use to try to feel connected, actually have the opposite effect. They either distort reality, giving us a pornographic version of romance, or worse they become a mirror, showing us only narcissistic images of ourselves.” He continued, “I pictured a relationship. Two people staring at each other, but between those two people are layer after layer of disorienting screens. These supposedly connected individuals are actually separated by social media, television, pornography and the vast internet. At the end of the video, the two characters turn and for the first time see each other with no screen, between them. They were in the same room the entire time, but distracted by each others “image.” Something I think we can all relate to.”
Following the release of their critically acclaimed album, July Talk were chosen by Catfish And The Bottlemen to join them as sole support on their exceptional UK tour. The two bands will play nine shows across the UK including three back-to-back shows at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse and a date at London’s SSE Wembley Arena on November 15. The tour kicked off this weekend on Nov 5 at Derby Arena. In addition to their support dates, July Talk will also play a few headlining shows around UK and Ireland.
July Talk released Touch in September, which received praise from the likes of NPR, Paste, Exclaim, and Consequence of Sound. The album includes their current single “Beck + Call” featuring Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq and the lead “Push + Pull” which spent 11 weeks at number 1 on the Canadian Alternative Chart. Both tracks feature stunning and artistically beautiful black and white videos.
In December, July Talk will play two headlining shows in New York and Detroit at Bowery Ballroom and the Shelter respectively. Tickets for those shows are on sale now. The band will also embark on an expanded early 2017 tour of the U.S. in January and February, which will include some make-up dates for those canceled this November due to the Catfish tour. See below for a complete list of tour dates and visit www.julytalk.com/ for tour updates, tickets links and more information.