Psych-pop wunderkind Pluto Jonze has unveiled his first taste of new music in three years, in the form of ‘Swinging Like I’m Bowie’ – a tribute to the late superstar and an idol of the young Pluto.
Today he unveils the fantastic videoclip for the track – that features an awesome ‘Let’s Dance’ meets ‘Blue Sky Mine’ vibe – shot in the NT with the permission of the local people. There is most definitely some epic landscape (and Bowie dancing from Jonze) in there. Jonze remembers the shoot fondly, and was fortuitous to be granted permission and guided by the local indigenous people to shoot his clip on their land and where and what he could and couldn’t feature in the clip.
In his own words, “Here’s the basic story of the shoot – I was visiting my girlfriend at her medicine placement at Aboriginal community in Yuendumu (3 hrs North-West of Alice Springs), I met this local music producer named Donovan playing slap bass on his porch one day. We jammed a few times together and I told him I needed a film clip for one of my songs. He helped me quite a lot with locations and getting the right community permission to film. It was an amazing experience and I am very grateful to the local people and to Donovan.’
While it’s been three years since his last solo outings (triple j got behind previous singles ‘Plastic Bag in a Hurricane’ and ‘Eject’), Jonze has not been idle since the release of the ‘Sucker’ EP back in 2014 – having joined indie outfit Hey Geronimo on co-lead vocals since then, he’s featured on their latest album and well received Like A Version covering Courtney Barnett & Regurgitator.
Amongst his travels, Pluto has found the spark for his own material once again, with the new clip and single revealing his trademark exuberance, heralding much more to come.
Pluto Jonze will be supporting Furnace and the Fundamentals on their tour dates in Sydney and Melbourne in early July – Saturday 1 July at Max Watt’s, Melbourne and Saturday 8 July at Enmore Theatre, Sydney.