Washington D.C. band Flasher will release their second album Love Is Yours on June 17 through Domino. Along with the announcement, they’ve shared a lead single and video, “Sideways”. Taylor Mulitz says:
“Lyrically this song uses metaphors about driving as a means of escape/reflection. I’ve found that a lot of self-reflection and big realizations come to surface during the course of a long drive where I’m forced to sit with my own thoughts (which is where the idea for the racing video came from).”
Flasher’s debut album Constant Image managed the feat of skipping around styles while remaining a cohesive pop rock statement – and with “Sideways” they again show their chameleonic abilities with a song that shimmies naturally into an infectious groove that takes influence from disco as much as alt-rock. The danceability makes for an interesting contrast to the contemplative lyrics, but sometimes your mind can start moving through realisations at such a pace that it can start to feel like you’re being conveyed purely by the power of your mind – or at least that’s what “Sideways” makes you feel.
The video for “Sideways”, directed by Camille Smura, takes the driving concept up a gear and pits Mulitz and bandmate Emma Baker against each other in a medium-octane drag race. Watch that below or find the song on streaming platforms.