Listening Post

Why does the austere ’80s footage of Hotel Lux’s new video feel so fitting in 2017?

Thatcher's 1980s Britain should be a warning sign to our current Conservative government

It’s been a grim old week, hey? Made worse by the fact that a tangerine bigot is about to become president of the United States of America.

Hotel Lux are helping us do some wallowing. Earlier this month the south London five-piece shared a new track ‘Envoi’, recorded in lead singer Lewis’ shed. They’ve now got a video, made by Josh Whettingsteel, to go with it.

The clip features various pieces of archive footage of civil unrest, riot police and London’s grey tower blocks. The images of the austere ’80s all feels oddly relevant.

‘Envoi’ is part of RIP Records’ new series where they’re putting out a new release every month in 2017. At the end of the year those tracks will form a 12″ compilation.

Hotel Lux are playing Brixton Windmill on 23 January along with Shame and Fish. If you don’t catch them then, they’re at The Finsbury on the 27th.

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