real lies unveils 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, 4:52pm

Having first aired on James Blake's 1-800-Dinosaur Radio 1 show last month, Real Lies' Blackmarket Blues now has an accompanying video and proper single release. Following on from the group's successful singles Seven Sisters, Dab Housing and North Circular, Real Lies continues to refine its 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, explained. "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.

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