Given that I run a music website, it goes without saying that I see a lot of live music. So when I say that Sydney husband and wife duo Bow & Arrow seriously blew me away when I saw them live earlier this year, I really mean it. I was talking about it for days.
Bow & Arrow, real names Mitchell & Mindy Kwanten, played at the first ever Howl & Echoes-presented gig Jungle Jams – you can reminisce over the night with photos right here and get to know Bow & Arrow with our introductory Q&A here.
Nobody knew quite what to expect from the pair, who took to the stage with a step ladder full of equipment and a full array of instruments. But our expectations were well and truly met – and then some. Unbridled musical talent (they met while studying at the Conservatorium of Music) abound, it was dazzling and strange in the best kind of way.
So, I’m very excited to be able to share Bow & Arrow’s debut single, with a gorgeous accompanying video clip, here today.
Midnight is sultry and spooky; the atmospheric soundscape really envelops you, before Mindy’s vocals draw you right into the melody. Plucked strings, vocal layers and more slowly build and flourish, altogether creating a dramatic, theatrical soulful pop track. The track was mixed in Byron Bay, and features Bow & Arrow playing every single instrument besides violin (performed by Eric Avery).
The video itself was filmed in less than four hours in Sydney, and directed by none other than Ryan Kwanten, who you may remember as Jason Stackhouse from TV show True Blood. An ethereal, dark and sensual cabaret-style video, follow the story of three lovers, as their night takes them from the bar to the bed. A celebration of LGBT pride and acceptance, this is highly recommended viewing.