Released: 1 September 2022
Plastic Mermaids share the final single from their forthcoming second LP It’s Not Comfortable To Grow.
‘Elastic Time’ is an epic, cinematic track – the lush instrumentation steadily swelling to an emotive, and climactic release. It follows on from previous songs ‘Girl Boy Girl’, ‘Disposable Love’ and‘Something Better’.
Frontperson Douglas Richards “went through some pretty shady places” making the album, but found some inspiration in an unlikely source: “On New Year’s Day I watched Fantasia for the first time since I was a kid” he explains.
“There’s that bit at the end with Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain where it all goes super dark and scary then this little ball of light appears floating around out of focus and the music changes to the choral Ave Maria, and you’re not sure if you’ve died or not but if this is death it feels really nice and peaceful – the way it went as dark as it could and then let you go, one way or another.
Echoing this, it felt right to put Elastic Time as the album closer. Like a bit of a settling, not sure where, but a settling of sorts. It’s like that kind of interstice between awake and asleep or alive and dead, and letting yourself go into the scary feeling, knowing you’ll end up somewhere and that’ll be ok.”
It is accompanied by an enthralling video, which has been created by the multi-talented Isle of Wight outfit, and has been a long time in creation:
“The accompanying video I’d been imagining for a few years but not had the right track until this one came along, something to do with the way the ribbons leave a kind of trail or echo of the movement felt fitting with the dreamy state of the song.”
The singles taken from the upcoming LP have received multiple plays on BBC 6 Music, including a premiere on Lauren Laverne’s show. The band also performed a blistering set at this year’sGlastonbury which received a 5* review from The Independent and are gearing up on a mega UK Tour with headline shows at London’s Village Underground, Southampton’s Joiners and Bristol’s Rough Trade.