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Space Above recruits Alisa Xayalith (The Naked and Famous) for celestial new tune "Stolen Days"

27 September 2019, 16:29 | Written by Laurence Day

New Zealand producer/songwriter Space Above has unveiled "Stolen Days", a new single featuring his former The Naked and Famous bandmate Alisa Xayalith.

The track follows 2017's debut record Still and combines a cutthroat motorik with wild and untameable dream-pop hooks. It's a potent marriage of organic and artificial, with magical twists around each corner and Xayalith's effortlessly effervescent vocals fizzing between the lines of percussion and synth.

"Alisa and I always intended to do more music together," Short, who is also a composer for film, explains of the collab. "She immediately felt the aesthetic of the instrumental and in one afternoon session had lyrics and melody fully laid out."

"The words came from the feeling of being strongly affected by things out of your control that have the capacity to soak up your time and drain you emotionally," added Xayalith. "There’s hope in the lyrics of this song because I believe in the little victories that can lead you out of feeling emotionally winded and stranded."

The song's accompanying visuals are directed by Isabel Garrett, who says: “I wanted to hold onto the idea of being mentally trapped inside a space and only occasionally being able to see clearly. Turning this into a physical world seemed to make sense, with the exterior being really rich and filled with natural life, and the interior space being dark and claustrophobic.”

"Stolen Days" is out now. The Naked and Famous' latest album, A Still Heart, was released in 2018.
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