Saint Mary is the second single to be taken from Tyneside’s, Parastatic’s album Recall Fade Return. Retaining the hypnotic repetitive elements of their debut album, Lost Highway, Recall Fade Return has a more propulsive and at times urgent dimension, aided by the addition of Rachel Casey on live drums, shifting the band’s sound into a space somewhere between post-rock, shoegaze and kosmische. Lauren Laverne recently included the track in her curated new releases playlist.
The single Saint Mary is inspired by the band’s late night explorations of the North East coastline and in particular, Saint Mary’s island, home to one of Tyneside’s iconic landmarks, Saint Mary’s lighthouse.
Jon, Neil and Rachel dreamt up the modern day mythology of Saint Mary and the island she presides over, where the broken hearted and lost souls make pilgrimage to seek solace and ultimately reconciliation with their pasts. The accompanying video (above) follows one such pilgrim on his struggle to reach the island using an ancient map inscribed with Viking runes.