Today, Midnight Sister shares a new animation for “Shimmy,” a track off of the duo’s debut album, Saturn Over Sunset, which was released last September. The glitzy, hypnotic loop of animation was designed by Midnight Sister’s own Juliana Giraffe, the latest piece of the band’s arresting visual output: a stark, stylized, winking vision accompanying a timeless, orchestral art-pop sound. Later this month, Midnight Sister will embark on a string of East Coast tour dates supporting Lord Huron, as well as headlining a show at New York’s Berlin on May 5th. These dates mark the Los Angeles dup’s first performances in New York. You can find the full list of tour dates here.
Midnight Sister — the project of Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian — is brought to you by the isolating landscape of the San Fernando Valley — its colors, its diners, its lunatics, its neon lights. Both lifelong residents of this storied valley, Giraffe and Balouzian have only become more inspired by the area’s mythology over the years, its two-faced magical wonderland and tragic circus. And Saturn Over Sunset works almost as an album version of Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, each song a character study of the valley’s odd personae.
Saturn Over Sunset is a shared musical vision of Hollywood’s oddest corners. It is the baroque, eldritch alley you must pass through to fine the speakeasy night of your life. You’ll come out bleary-eyed and the sunrise will be pouring all pink and orange through the smog and palm trees.