Electro-pop duo 0171 delve into their past on futuristic cut “Photograph”

Hackney-based duo 0171 release their third track “Photograph” from upcoming EP Change Nothing, out August 14.

Following their previous two singles “Automatic” and “Follow“, London based experimental electronic pop duo 0171 have dropped their latest warped offering in the form of single “Photograph”. The pair have been lauded for their innovative take on electro-pop, and their third single follows along in this trippy vein.

Steeped in dark synths yet naturalistic earthy chimes, “Photograph” traces a journey through the past in a paradoxically futuristic manner. The combination of Joe Bedell-Brill and Georgia Hoare’s succinct and perfectly sweet vocals, entwined throughout the throbbing synthesisers, creates a lush soundscape full of delicate textures.

Speaking of the inspiration behind the track, 0171 commented: “‘Photograph’ is inspired by looking at a photo of an ex. A photo that records a moment when everything seemed perfect, but now it’s a lie, and it makes you feel strange, like you can’t really remember who you were in that photo, when you loved that person. Like a life that never happened. We’ve all picked up old photos like that we find in our bedroom, that make you sit down and feel sad for a time that is lost, even if you don’t regret the relationship ending. I’m (Joe) definitely someone who spends a lot of time thinking about my past, and the feelings that I’ll never get back. Georgie’s there in this song to tell me to get over it ffs.”

In the accompanying video for “Photograph”, we see grainy and colour saturated photos of what we presume to be the band. At the bottom of each clip, there’s a sentence ruminating on how these pictures are tied up to various thoughts and feelings that 0171 possess.

The highly nostalgic and retro feel that stems from the photographs themselves is completed by a varying patchwork of colours and textures. The effect is pleasantly jarring to the viewer and helps to carefully tie together the conceptual narrative behind “Photograph”.

Rachel Chandler