Watch: The phoenix foundation - Give up your dreams




Not so long ago Wellington's The Phoenix Foundation released the video for the titular anti-ambition anthem of their 6th album Give Up Your Dreams. Featuring a dirty and desperate Bret McKenzie (one half of The Flight of the Conchords and Oscar and Grammy award winner) digging an endless hole somewhere in the Wellington hills, the video is an Andrei Tarkovsky-inspired existential trip directed by fellow Wellingtonian Loren Taylor. The video is a perfect accompaniment to the meditative mood that we find the Foundation in; reflecting on their existence as a band and their place in the musical landscape as they age.

The track itself is peak Phoenix Foundation, with its wryly observed lyrics, driving rhythms and strong synth-led melodies. Despite a droll voice over intoning maxims such as: "Don't let anyone tell you that you're special" and "Don't anyone say that the world is your oyster" in the bridge, this is a joyous and ultimately uplifting affair. Plus, it never hurts to be reminded that "all that we can do about it is be alright about things and get on with stuff".

 

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