Following last single ‘Better Late Than Never,’ a song about self-discovery, the ever intriguing Wings Of Desire share new single ‘Choose A Life’, plus announce their new EP Amun-Ra to be released Friday 13th August 2021 on WMD Recordings.
Filmed in 8mm pre-covid, the video for ‘Choose A Life’ is meant to feel freeing from responsibility and life in general. Somehow that feels even more poignant now.
One the track, the duo say: “Choose A Life is about our automated programming which convinced us that once we get ‘there’ we will be happy. That once we’ve acquired the material check list we will be fulfilled, but this is never the case. The song explores finding joy in the smaller moments of the everyday, the mundane, those micro expressions that we take for granted. And realising that you don’t have to bend the world to make your mark. That it’s better to just enjoy it.”
Amun-Ra which is released on 13th August, moves on from the observant nature of debut EP End Of An Age and into a more inwardly focused journey of self-discovery. It is named after the ancient Egyptian deity, the transcendental creator of the universe and the god of light. It represents unlimited and boundless freedom. It explores the trappings of time, ageing, and looks back with a nostalgic glow on past misdealings and successes. Amun-Ra leaves breadcrumbs for anyone growing up and asking the big existential questions on life, lighting the way for the disenfranchised.
Sonically the EP continues the exploration of 60s pop songwriting, noise rock, and euphoric atmospherics, and lifts it into new horizons. Produced by the band and mixed by kindred spirit Vincent Cacchione (Caged Animals). It will include both ‘Choose A Life’, and ‘Better Late Than Never’.
Wings of Desire were born out of a need to understand the world. James and Chloe are a couple that spent many a night obsessing over their favourite musical eras (Krautrock, Berlin-era Bowie, Early Noughties New York, and Factory Records) and fiercely debating everything from 60s counter culture to the human condition. What naturally came together was a musical project that conveys the complexities of life against an immersive and sentimental backdrop.
We live in a world that has lost its nuance. Life really isn’t one way or another. It’s an amalgamation of questions that don’t really have answers, and trying to erase the social expectations we have all been exposed to. If you’re not evolving and questioning the path that’s laid out for you, are you really living? Wings of Desire think the point of music is to shine a light on those universal feelings, and remind us that life is infinite.
Wings Of Desire have been supported by Steve Lamacq and Chris Hawkins on BBC Radio 6 Music, John Kennedy on Radio X, The Line Of Best Fit, and more.
1. Choose A Life