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A few things happen when somebody close to you dies. You grieve. You have an existential crisis. You find new forms of anxiety within yourself. Mark Piccles, A.D.K.O.B New single from Sydney act A.D.K.O.B cuts closer to the bone and heart than any of their previous material. The track Helium is an autobiographical recount of the experience of a quick descent into sickness and eventually death told by front man Mark Piccles. The slow burning soulful groove and pace of the song is another taste of the band’s ever maturing material. ‘HELIUM’ is instantly recognisable as an A.D.K.O.B tune and an infectious earworm. The looped vocal hums being a warm invite to listen, before building into a sci-fi/psychedelic call and response chorus. Accompanying the release of the single is the hypnotic video clip, made by Melbourne based video artist Benjamin Ports.
Portas used the subject matter of the song to inspire the concept of the clip. He explains; ” It is a reflection of the abstraction of communication .” Benjamin focusing on Mark’s hands and mouth while layering still and moving images, visualising Mark’s inability to talk or speak. Mark explains the subject matter of the song further. When my grandfather passed away, the one thought I couldn’t shake was his inability to communicate with us. Pop was sick for a long time, and by the end he was barely able to make a sound. Death isn’t beautiful. Most people don’t get the chance to say goodbye. That elusive chance to unburden oneself or others under the cloud of mortality is not a given. Helium was written in the immediate aftermath. It was my own way of communicating what I couldn’t express verbally. The song is a reminder to myself to be open, communicate and connect as often as possible. Because one day everything we say will come out wrong, or not at all A cordial testament for something all people go through but digest differently. Helium is the next taste from A.D.K.O.B.