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Video Premiere: "Forgotten" by Circling Skies

Circling Skies
22 September 2021

Circling Skies – Photo Credit: Cade Sadler; “at” dcsiii on Instagram

Full of lush, atmospheric textures, undulating synths, and a few menacing guitars, “Forgotten” is the tantalizing second single from Circling Skies.

Stepping back from behind the helm of his new solo project, Nolan Thies (Modern Nations, The Blessed Isles) performed the full array of instruments from his home studio in Brooklyn, NY before putting the final touches on the mix at The Bunker Studio, where he’s a staff engineer.

Big Takeover is pleased to host the premiere of the evocative music video for “Forgotten.”

The track itself is in the same spirit as previous release, “Dullest Days’‘, and engages the listener right from the outset, cutting a distinctive path towards future releases with a reimagined outlook on dreampop. Unlike some of its droning, more subdued counterparts, the track delivers catchy, concise melodies and massive hooks.

Teaming up with Mike Thies (Live Footage), the two brothers produced the accompanying music video by filming through the lens of a 35 mm camera, generating a swirl of images that overlap into a enticing blend of euphoria that complements the dreamy music while keeping true to the shoegaze aesthetic.

“This song came about on my annual upstate solo getaway where I decompress from the city,” recalls Thies. “Originally written in an odd tuning on acoustic guitar, it proved deceptively difficult to play and was quickly assimilated to my Prophet 600. I was stuck in limbo for about a year, but the beginning of the pandemic was quite prolific for me, with nothing but time to focus on my own project for a change. Three months with very little personal contact and much self reflection was likely the driving force behind the lyrics. So was the reminder to pay attention to the good things in life while they’re in front of you.”

“Forgotten” is now streaming on all platforms.