Dating life can be frustrating to those looking to enter a comfortable relationship, and while dating apps are here to make things easier, the case has not been the same for everyone. Other people find it hard to grasp the concept of “forever,” especially regarding marriage. Yet, despite the ambiguity of this concept, the wonders of love still manage to overwhelm people, and if there is one outlet that perfectly captures that feeling, it’s music.
Letting Up Despite Great Fault is a band that manages to capture the all-consuming feeling and complicated dance of finding someone who “completes us” in a slightly less toxic way than Jerry Maguire. The band’s song “Gemini” bottles the idea of forever, whether it’s friendship or love.
Gemini is the latest single off their forthcoming album IV and is accompanied by a music video. Two people showcase the concept in the video as they navigate their intertwined relationship. Through a choreographed and intimate dance, the two lovers illustrate the feelings that Letting Up Despite Great Fault hoped to convey. They use a rope twisted around their bodies to signify their connection and a pair of earrings, one on each ear, as a metaphor for completion.
The song creates an almost chaotic world of fuzzled noise, but once the patient, whispering vocals cut through, different worlds can be seen working harmoniously, thriving together with the hope of forever. The Gemini music video depicts the song in a not-so-subtle but dazzling way.
“We are in constant movement, forever trying to find pieces that fit us,” said Mike Lee, founder and vocalist of the band. “Uzulka, one of our favorite directors here in Austin, tells that story through dancers Aiden Rogers and Charlie Blaine.”
Gemini was conceptualized when the band sat together to discuss their frustrations with dating and the perils of dating apps when a close friend of the band pronounced, “I just want to skip to being a year into a relationship when we’re comfortable and in love.” The group agreed that sharing the sentiments of month-long flings and one-night stands are only temporarily fun, but eventually, the desire to be madly and hopelessly in love comes back.
“That being said, the concept of forever is one I still have trouble wrapping my head around. This past Monday, I watched as my cousin vowed eternity to a very sweet and beautiful girl and wondered how someone can be that blindingly optimistic,” said Lee. “Because, really, when it comes down to it, “For better or worse” is not necessarily something that we should sign up for or a promise that I think the majority of those who pledge ‘I do’ really mean.”
Letting Up Despite Great Fault is an American indie pop/dream pop group founded in 2006 by Los Angeles native Mike Lee, who lives in Austin, Texas, with members Kent Zembrana and Daniel Schmidt. Their songs “Disasters Are Okay” and “Teenage Ride” appeared on television shows One Tree Hill and 90210.
Gemini comes from the band’s upcoming album IV, a self-produced album mastered by Slowdive’s Simon Scott, who knows a thing or two about fuzzed-out shimmer. The album’s release date is yet to be announced.