Good news today for Kero Kero Bonito fans: the band have just announced their new EP Civilisation II will be out on April 21. The three-song release follows 2019’s Civilisation I EP, and it reportedly takes influence from Kate Bush, David Byrne, Bjork and Ryuichi Sakamoto, modern peers Grimes and Caroline Polacheck, and trumpeter Jon Hassell.
Some strong influences there! In anticipation of the EP, they’ve just released a song and video from it. Titled “The Princess and The Clock”, it’s a proper banger with a gorgeous fairytale video courtesy of animator Dan W. Jacobs. The band says:
“‘The Princess and the Clock’ is the tale of a young explorer who is kidnapped while sailing the world, imprisoned at the top of a tower and worshipped as royalty by an isolated society. Trapped in her chamber, she spends years dreaming of escaping, until one day she disappears. A legend of our own invention, ‘The Princess and the Clock’ was written before Covid emerged, though the long, lonely hours and escapist dreams its protagonist experiences will be relatable to many right now. It’s a song for anyone who has ever felt trapped, lost and alone.”
Watch the video below.
Last year Kero Kero Bonito released the song “It’s Bugsnax”, which served as the joyous theme song to the video game of the same name. Their live-streamed set for A.G. Cook’s Appleville in September also proved that they still have some tricks up their sleeves. If “The Princess & The Clock” is any indication, KKB just keep getting better.