Published Apr 11, 2017In addition to fronting the summery rock band Reef Shark, Vancouver songwriter Devin Miller makes wistful synth-pop under the solo moniker Cascade Falls. Following last year's Islands EP, he is now preparing to release his debut full-length. Clouds Change, Nostalgia Stays the Same will be out on May 13.
The lead single is called "You're the Last One," and it's a wistful electro-rock lament with a beautifully languid vocal line and some unexpected bursts of dense beats and rippling synth arpeggiations.
The accompanying vintage-looking video was filmed by Matty Jeronimo, and it shows Miller deadpanning for the camera while looking very '60s in his John Lennon-style sunglasses. See the premiere of the video at the bottom of this page.
Miller said this in a statement:
"You're the Last One" is a song written for my grandmother. Funny enough, she has always been the last one, given that I never got the chance to meet any of my other grandparents. The "meaningless drive" being life, and "the ocean in sight" being her passing, the song is an attempt to leave her in a state without regret where all resentment and emotional disconnect are come to terms with. The idea of filming through a ground-glass lens, along with providing a mirrored effect, gave the shots a distant quality that helped portray the song's feelings of loneliness, disconnect and longing. The intention of the effect was to come off like a collection of photographs or memory snippets you might dig up at your grandmother's home.
The 15-song Clouds Change, Nostalgia Stays the Same will arrive through Oscar St. Records, a still-nascent label headed up by Kathryn Calder of the New Pornographers.
Scroll past the "You're the Last One" video below to see a few short teaser clips for the LP.