Maximo Park‘s lead man Paul Smith has a new band The Intimations and they have released a new single titled Break Me Down.
Offering a more forthright vulnerability within his words, the song establishes a playful contrast between Smith’s confessional self-reflections and the rollicking, upbeat nature of the music itself.
“Despite this being the poppiest song on the album, there’s a lot of yearning, looking back at a relationship and the sense of a lost opportunity underlying the reminiscence,” Smith explains.
The video—created by London mixed-media film and animation extraordinaire Gemma Yin Taylor—uses fragmented images and kaleidoscopic colors to form a visual path that mirrors the spirited dynamic of the song.
“I wanted a colourful video to match the song,” Smith details. “Gemma, the director, hand-painted and then animated the whole thing so that there’s a finely-crafted element to the bold visuals.”
Contradictions, the new album that is set to drop on August 21, via Billingham Records, took four years to write and record. And the musicianship speaks for itself. The album finds Paul in a more inwardly contemplative state, a different league than the pop-tour-de-force choruses he’s been characterized by over the years, but also a much clearer, more hi-fi progression from the melancholy of Margins.
“I only ever want to release music that I feel adds something new to the world, however small“, Smith resolves, “and I’m confident that Contradictions is an alternative pop record that fulfils my own criteria.”
Listen and watch below…