IAN SWEET has unveiled a new song, ‘Emergency Contact’, taken from her upcoming LP SUCKER. Following lead single ‘Your Spit’, the track comes with an accompanying video directed by Brittany Reeber and starring Saturday Night Live‘s Martin Herlihy. Watch and listen below.
“‘Emergency Contact’ is biting and sarcastic at its core. It’s a protection song to myself mostly,” Jilian Medford said in a statement. “Trying to convince myself that I didn’t really want what I had lost in the first place as a way of coping with the outcome. The video we made for it is one of my favorite Ian Sweet videos ever (especially since it ties in with the ‘Your Spit’ video as well). I wanted to represent the humor that often goes hand in hand with deep sadness. In the video Martin (who plays the director) keeps quickly snapping me out of those deep dark moments and pushing my buttons to try to get a rise out of me so in turn I’ll put on the best performance possible.”
“A long time fan of Jilian’s work, I was really thrilled to be asked to collaborate and even more stoked when I realized that she was down to be funny,” Reeber commented. “‘Emergency Contact’ is probably my favorite track on the new record. It’s gut wrenching. So it felt most true to lean into a concept that played with the self-serious nature of a ballad. We also wanted to make something that would connect thematically to ‘Your Spit’ so we built a concept around a film set (the film you see screening in the movie theatre) and cast Martin Herlihy of SNL to play Jilian’s overbearing, maniacal director.”
SUCKER is slated to arrive on November 3 via Polyvinyl.