Video Premiere: Flashlights, “Islands”

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 12.02.14 in News

The opening moments of the video for “Islands,” the latest from the Florida band Flashlights, consists mostly of static shots: a slide projector, a needle on a record player, the band in the back seat of a car and backstage. It’s soft and sort of sorrowful and nostalgic. And then, just as it hits the crescendo, everything starts speeding up: the band is playing in a basement, but their images are sped-up, fleeting and frantic. Those two extremes mirror the song’s emotional turbulence: frontman Terry Caudill has the kind of voice that’s pained without being pathetic, and the way he leans into each word gives “Islands” a kind of controlled desperation. There are sonic touchstones — you can hear the ghosts of Frightened Rabbit, whose Scott Hutchison and Andy Monaghan produced the song — but there’s a resignation to the song that makes it feel like a soft sigh instead of a panicked plea. It’s a graceful, surging number, and the video’s home-movie aesthetic perfectly matches the tone.