Following on from some soundtrack work, Gazelle Twin (Elizabeth Bernholz) returns with her fourth studio album ‘Black Dog’. It is her first for Invada Records and marks a change in viewpoint for her projects. Over the course of her previous three albums, Gazelle Twin has been looking outwards towards cities, rural England and at world from a tormented body. This time around, she is looking inward at what creates a childhood fear and how that can translate into your adult life. ‘Black Dog’ is announced with its title track which comes from Elizabeth’s own life. She used to see a shadowy black dog figure as a child moving by her bedside. As an adult, she’d struggle with insomnia in pitch-black sleeping conditions. The song infers a link between the two and it sounds like black out curtains are not recommended.
This time it is personal and so the usual masks and personas of Gazelle Twin have been removed. Elizabeth likens the album to purging herself of old stories and hang ups so she can address them and maybe put them to rest for a clearer mind. There has always been a visual element to her work and using AI to generate weirdly unsettling ghostly images that you aren’t quite in control of suits the music video well. John Minton directed the video and whilst there are no human claws, the whole unsettling eerieness shines through.
Enjoy the music video for ‘Black Dog’ below – the single is out now. The album ‘Black Dog’ is slated for release on 27th October and can be pre-ordered now. A small UK tour for the album release takes place in November and the dates with links to tickets are available on her website.
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