South African Hugh Davison releases ‘Breathe’

Hugh Davison released his new single and video ‘Breathe.’ It details combustion, exploring how the past becomes ash when our present moments burn towards the future. Davison captures our disjointed reality, evoking hope and redemption.

He explains, “It is about the opposing yet balancing forces that keep the world alive.” Davison drew inspiration from his inner ‘David Byrne and the Talking Heads’. The singer also paid homage to his love of Ali Farke Tourè and West African guitar music.

Socio-political landscapes

The video for ‘Breathe‘ was shot in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Johannesburg. Davison said the sweltering heat and boomy acoustics added to the surreal atmosphere of the shoot. He explained that the video is an “unconscious nod to the precarious socio-political landscapes within South Africa.” However, he added that “black and white so often just looks better” in videos.

Breathe is available now on: Spotify Apple Music Deezer Bandcamp

Dream-like and lyrical with a post-punk/folk delivery

For the past 20 years, Hugh Davison spent his time in mining towns between Botswana and South Africa. He played in Jozi punk and electro bands like SubMachine, The Slashdogs and The Means.

His songwriting explores themes of psychedelia, metaphysics, morality, patterns, outer (and inner) space, using a poetic, dream-like lyrical style and a post-punk/folk delivery. 

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