Seattle’s Fotoform Share New Single and Video “Running”
Seattle-based outlet Fotoform shared a haunting video and new single “Running”. Soft whispered-like vocals surf along with dynamic guitars and pulsating bass lines, creating the perfect combination for a classic post-punk ballad.
Running is the first song that the band wrote with a new lineup – Kim House (bass, vocals, synths), Geoffrey Cox (guitar), Michael Schorr (drums) -, and they describe the process as a statement of purpose while working on a new approach to sound and songwriting.
“At its core Running is about peeling back the layers to connect with your innermost self. Summoning the courage, patience and stillness to distill it down and uncover what truly matters, to listen to our hearts and tap into the subconscious. It’s about facing fears and insecurities and having the courage to go after what will truly make you happy (or “make your heart happy” as my dad would say), which oftentimes might be in the opposite direction of what we’re running toward, whether in relationships, life paths and choices, etc.”, shares Kim House.
Running was written in the midst of a period of significant change and reflection for the band, Kim House had just left her role as Footwear Design Director at Nordstrom, a position that for many years left very little room for other passions or pursuits. The rewarding, but almost all-encompassing feeling influenced Fotoform’s new track.
Watch the video for”Running” below:
Taking their name from a mid-century avant-garde photography movement, Seattle’s Fotoform create melodic, gauzy, and driving post-punk with their second album, Horizons. Longtime music collaborators (and married couple) Kim House (bass, vocals, synths) and Geoffrey Cox (guitar) are now joined by former Death Cab for Cutie / Long Winters drummer Michael Schorr. The band takes an ambitious leap forward with Horizons. With recording sessions bookending the lockdown, Horizons pivots from the wall of guitars on their self-titled debut to a more nuanced and cinematic follow-up, adding synths and layers of guitars, while drawing on the textures of shoegaze and dream pop with the drive of post-punk. Over the years, Fotoform have further refined their plaintive, bass-driven kinetic swoon which was described by The Big Takeover as “a riot of ‘80s post-punk.” On their forthcoming release, the band updated their dark, left-of-the-dial moods and melodies, weaving in traces of The Cure, Siouxsie & the Banshees, and The Chameleons. Listeners can also hear shimmering tapestries of the Cocteau Twins, For Against, and Slowdive as well as contemporaries Drab Majesty and Soft Kill.
Kim House and Geoffrey Cox founded the dark, goth-adjacent dream pop of C’est la Mort (dubbing the sound “pointy-shoegaze”) shortly after they married, and released one album on their own Dismal Nitch label, as well as various compilation tracks (including a limited split 7” with Stars for American Laundromat’s Please Please Please tribute to The Smiths). After various lineup changes, the band reemerged as Fotoform in late 2016, with Michael Schorr joining in 2019. They released their self-titled debut in 2017 and followed it up with the Peel-Sessions-like immediacy of their Part-Time Punks EP in 2018. Recording for Horizons began right before the 2020 lockdown with Evan Foster (Boss Martians, The Sonics, Dirty Sidewalks) and resumed a year later with Foster and Matt Bayles (Minus the Bear, Mastodon, Pearl Jam) recording the drums.
Fotoform’s self-titled debut was voted as one of KEXP Listeners’ Top 90.3 albums of 2017 and made numerous year-end lists (The Big Takeover, Part-Time Punks), as well as being featured as a KEXP song of the day (“I Know You’re Charming”). The band supported the record with tours in Europe and the West Coast. Fotoform followed up with a Part-Time Punks EP the next year, which was selected as one of the Big Takeover’s EPs of the 2018 (“Holy [insert expletive]!” as Jack Rabid succinctly put it). They released two benefit singles in 2020, “Yves Klein Blue” (voter outreach) and the sonic holiday snow globe of “They Say It’s Always Lonely” (benefitting Seattle food banks), expanding their sound to include synths, and they added these new colors and textures to their post-shoegaze swirl on Horizons.
The band looks forward to getting back to touring and experiencing live music and are already writing songs for their next releases, including a split 7” with Savage Republic.