real lies unveil video for blackmarket blues

The new single from the London three-piece's rapidly approaching debut album captures London at night in all its ethereality.

by Felix Petty
30 September 2015, 9:35am

Having got a first airing on James Blake's 1-800-Dinosaur Radio 1 show last month, Blackmarket Blues has got a video and single release. Following on from their successful singles Seven Sisters, Dab Housing and North Circular, the band continue to refine their emotional and musical vision that catalogues the uniqueness of living in London in the 21st century.

Blackmarket Blues is a slowly building track, eschewing structure and instead reaching for emotional crescendo; a serenade for the weird world when night time makes way for morning, the friends made, lost and quickly forgotten in the early hours of the morning, and the stories the city throws up. 

"There's an intimacy you only get in London at a certain time of the night, and we wanted to recreate that in the video," Real Lies' lead singer Kev Kharas, explains. "It's maybe less of a song and more of a very one-sided, witching hours chat set to music. It sums up a lot of what we're about; the value of friends, the value of the city, the value of loyalty and the value of secrets. It's the first track on our debut album Real Life but it was the last song we wrote for it, in one burst in a bedroom on a humid July evening."

Blackmarket Blues is the opening track from Real Lies' highly anticipated debut album, Real Life, due out October 21st. They are playing the following tour dates around the UK.

Pre-order the album here.

19th October Brighton, Green Door Store
20th October London, Electrowerkz
22nd October Birmingham, Hare & Hounds 2
23rd October Leeds, Beacons Metro Event
25th October Manchester, Soup Kitchen

5th November Nottingham, Rock City (with Foals)
6th November Liverpool, Olympia (with Foals)
7th November Norwich, UEA (with Foals)
8th November Cardiff, Uni Great Hall (with Foals)
10th November Aberdeen, Music Hall (with Foals)
11th November Newcastle, O2 Academy (with Foals)
13th November Southampton, Guildhall (with Foals)
15th November Bristol, Anson Rooms (with Foals)
16th November Cambridge, Corn Exchange

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