'Rich Man' [Official Clip] created and directed by Jam Navaz.
Simone Page Jones art direction and make-up.
'Rich Man' defines the new sound that pervades Tinpan Orange's upcoming album, Love is a Dog. This simmering cautionary tale is told through Emily's gentle falsetto soaring over her tremolo soaked '64 Gretsch guitar, Jesse’s warm backing vocals and Alex Burkoy's striking violin performance. There is a stark moodiness that befits this classic song of empty love. Officially released February 12, 2016
Directed by Jam Navaz
Art Direction and make-up by Simone Page Jones
Seasoned folk darlings Tinpan Orange have today announced their fifth studio album, Love Is A Dog (set for release April 8), alongside its breathtaking first single, Rich Man (out February 12). The virtuosic trio will hit the road to celebrate the release kicking off at the Fairbridge Folk Festival (WA) on April 15, moving through Tasmania, Melbourne, Mullumbimby, Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, Fremantle and finishing up in Adelaide on June 5.
Over a year in the making, Love Is A Dog is a luscious and intricate concept album with soaring string arrangements, thoughtful, sparse guitar hooks and Emily Lubitz’s delicate, show-stopping voice. Produced by the band in collaboration with Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire, Jackson Jackson), and mixed by the renowned Adam Selzer (M.Ward, She & Him, Jolie Holland) at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, the album presents a vulnerability and a beauty that captivates and inspires. Love Is A Dog explores the paralysis of privilege, the precariousness of having too much to lose and the pain of loving someone too much.
The stunning lead single, Rich Man is inspired by a sad, over-satiated character who is surrounded by great wealth but locked into a loveless relationship. It has a dark, rambling quality, championed by Lubitz’s first ever recorded exploration of her falsetto range. “When I first heard the final mix, I had the feeling that it could have been used as a Bond theme if David Lynch was directing,” says guitarist Jesse Lubitz. The single is accompanied by a simple yet intriguing video. Directed by Jam Nawaz of Jam Design (Remi, Tully on Tully) the clip depicts mysterious hands thrusting fur, gold and pearls upon a wealthy housewife (played by Emily Lubitz), until the very end, where she removes all in defiance, unadorned and free.