An ode to domestic life. A three-minute-and-change pastiche of sweetness and childhood. A view of familiar scenes: couch forts, playing with a garden hose. But it’s a little bit off, because this video has a grown couple pounding away at keyboard and drums under a crocheted afghan and spraying each other with water. Cut to a toddler finger painting and walking through the woods holding a feather, and our Sound of the Day, Don’t Look So Sad, by EROS AND THE ESCHATON , is like a modern-day indie rock fairy tale set in diffuse sunlight and mellow hues. The promising Greensboro, North Carolina based dream pop/shoegaze band EROS AND THE ESCHATON released their official video for Don’t Look So Sad, a track off their debut album Home Address for Civil War, available now on Bar None Records.
Made up of couple Kate Perdoni and Adam Hawkins, EROS AND THE ESCHATON are a must-have for fans of classic shoegaze like MY BLOODY VALENTINE and SLOWDIVE, tempered with the indie rock sensibilities of YO LA TENGO. What’s distinct about their sound is the clear storytelling, this is dream pop with a narrative. Think swirling guitars and dreamy effects that create soundscapes that are aural representations of the cherubic child we see finger painting. There’s quick edits to scenes of the couple falling asleep, brushing their teeth, reading in bed. Before you relax, stayed tuned for the electrified, Tesla coil style guitar face off between Kate and Adam. “Don’t look so sad/it really isn’t sad…”
About the video, Adam and Kate told us “We wanted to make a video where we dramatized the daily drudgery of real life and present that in a humorous light. But we ended up having too much fun and wound up with a lot of footage of us laughing and goofing off. Is that irony?” The inclusion of their son in the video is appropriate, since they didn’t write their first songs together until after he was born. Like their music, the video is captivating and unabashedly tender.