The Hackney duo 0171 are consistently breaking new ground when it comes to creating new futuristic experimental pieces of pop music that break down societal conundrums and complexities with ease. Every track they deliver offers a new perspective of their sound, you’re always going to get something different that gets you enthralled by their sound and there’s no better example of that than their latest single Photograph.
“Photograph is inspired by looking at a photo of an ex,” the band said. “A photo that records a moment when everything seemed perfect, but now it’s a lie, and it makes you feel strange, like you can’t really remember who you were in that photo, when you loved that person. Like a life that never happened. We’ve all picked up old photos like that we find in our bedroom, that make you sit down and feel sad for a time that is lost, even if you don’t regret the relationship ending. I’m (Joe) definitely someone who spends a lot of time thinking about my past, and the feelings that I’ll never get back. Georgie’s there in this song to tell me to get over it ffs.”
With soaring string sections with jittering percussion and ghostly electronics this single takes 90’s plastic-pop-inspired melodies with melancholy rhythms and fuses it with a nostalgic cinematic soundscape that is reminiscent of M83 in a lot of ways. The whole piece is just utterly intoxicating and continues to demonstrate how this duo are redefining what being a pop musician means in the modern era and we’re ridiculously excited to see it happen.