Wild Pink have just announced their new album A Billion Little Lights, alongside their new single and video for “The Shining But Tropical”, starring newly-minted Emmy-winner Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek). This is the follow up to their 2018 breakthrough album Yolk In The Fur. The album is the band’s first record with Toronto-based label Royal Mountain Records, and will be released on February 19th, 2021.
Of the track, Wild Pink’s leader John Ross explains: “It was inspired by Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” as well as “If I Needed You” by Townes Van Zandt, this song is named for a grim retirement home in Florida. It’s about somebody who was born sheltered realizing how large the world is and how unimportant they are. Julia Steiner’s vocal contributions brought the song to fruition, and it was a lot of fun to make. We spent a lot of time focusing on the drums and percussion, using a phone recording of some cicadas in a quieter part towards the end of the song, and I really like all the stuff Dan came up with like the Agogo bells and Rototoms.“
Annie Murphy explains a bit more about the video and the setting: “My family has a cabin in the middle of nowhere in rural Ontario that they use as a hunting camp every October. The previous owner was a woman named Mrs. Clark who lived there with her husband and sons in the 1940’s. Though she had them as company, they all worked outside of the house, and most of the time she was very much alone, with no electricity and no running water. After many years of isolation and many long, dark winters, she walked into the woods one afternoon and killed herself.
My uncles, who I think would consider themselves “tough guys”, have all had at least one strange and spooky encounter in their time at the hunting camp. Would they fully admit to seeing or hearing Mrs. Clark’s ghost? No. But I would on their behalf.
This is a video loosely based on Mrs. Clark’s story. When the crew set up the camera’s for the first shot in the cabin, the monitor screen just showed static. Mike [McLaughlin, director of photography] was truly baffled and insisted he’d never seen this happen before. That’s when my Uncle Pat stepped in and called up the stairs “Hi Mrs. Clark. It’s me, Patrick. We’re here to make a little film about you. It’s respectful and nice and is telling your story, so we hope you don’t mind”. Five seconds later, the monitor started working. Thanks Mrs. Clark, I hope you like what we made!“