Whenever people talk about their frustrations with dating and the uncertainty of dating apps, in particular, there’s a lot of chorus on how toxic things can get when relationships go unchecked. Unrequited love, assumptions gone wrong, and a slew of other relationship problems can cause more harm than good.
“And I can’t disagree. Month-long flings and one-night stands are fun for a while but eventually, you just want to be madly and hopelessly in love,” says the founder of the band Letting Up Despite Great Faults.
According to Lee, he said that the idea of “forever” is one he still has trouble embracing his head around. Just recently, he watched as his cousin vowed eternity and forever to a very sweet, charming, and beautiful girl and asked himself: “How can someone be that blindingly optimistic? Because, the truth is, when it comes down to it, ‘for better or worst’ is not something that we should sign up for or a promise that I think the majority of those who pledge ‘I do’ really means. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful thing to be in the midst of—the kind of resplendent love that overtakes practicality and makes you do crazy things, like a vow to be with one person forever,” shared the soulful artist.
In their latest single from the shoegaze project, Letting Up Despite Great Faults captures this all-consuming, all-encompassing feeling and the complicated dance of finding someone who—in a hopefully slightly less toxic than Jerry Maguire way—would “complete us.” Letting Up Despite Great Faults is a band based in Austin, Texas, and has long been creating blissful fuzzed-out indie and dream pop music that gives rise to a unique feeling of longing.
“Gemini,” the lead single from their first full-length in seven years, preserves that one-of-a-kind tradition beautifully. Their songs, available on Spotify, are characterized by a backdrop of dreamy synths that perfectly encapsulates the moody haze of being in close devotion to another human being.
“I don’t mind if I bruise my knees to ask your hand / But you always lift me so I can see every part of me / Will you be my Gemini with me all the time?” says the lead singer Mike Lee in a whispered voice. “We are in constant movement, forever trying to find pieces that fit us. Ursula, one of our favorite directors here in Austin, tells that story through dancers Aiden Rogers and Charlie Blaine,” shares Lee about the music video.
“Gemini” comes from the band’s record titled IV. This self-produced album was mastered by Slowdive’s Simon Scott, an English musician and a renowned drummer who knows a thing or two about fuzzed-out shimmery music.In the video for the track, two people figure out their interlaced relationship by doing a gorgeously choreographed and intimate dance. Using a rope twisted around the bodies of the two lovers that symbolize their connection and a pair of earrings, one on each person’s ear, as a metaphor for completeness, the video depicts the song’s theme in a perhaps not-so-subtle but dazzling way. The album follows 2017’s Alexander Devotion EP and their most recent full-length, 2014’s Neon. Letting Up Despite Great Faults also posts updates on Instagram.
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