“Lastlings” are an Australian-Japanese musical brother sister duo named Amy and Josh Dowdle. They are self-taught musicians and have spent the past four years working on their talents in their home in Southern Queensland. Due to their unexpected great reception to their music, Amy (who at the time was sixteen) had to choose between focusing on her academics or pursing music full time. Amy chose to finish school and return to music afterwards in 2018. They were signed to Australian electronic heavyweights RÜFÜS DU SOL” to their new label “Rose Avenue”, and have started to work on their debut album which is due to be released in 2019.
“Urges” is a song about the pushing and pulling in a relationship. Amy Dowdle asks a series of questions in the song to the person who is pushing her away, such as “why are you afraid?”, “why don’t you want to save me?”. Also, Amy has imagined this person acting in a certain way in her own mind: “not the same when you’re in my head / speaking words that you never said”, which could allude to Amy making the relationship a completely different concept in her head, again mixing between reality and fantasy.
The music video was directed by Matt Earl, but Lastlings developed the concept for the video themselves. Consisting of the musical duo singing in a white lit and sometimes dark lit cube style room, with cuts to a man and a woman trying to reach each other through, glass, sometimes set in air and also in a setting of red lights, as well as close ups of crying, skin touching and glass shattering. At one point, the couple trying to reach each other point their fingers out and glass shatters, perhaps representing the break in reality as alluded to in the lines “not the same when you’re in my head”, breaking the line between reality and fantasy.
Release Date: 23rd February 2017
Label: Exist. Recordings
Music Video Release Date: 8th August 2017
Music Video Director: Matt Earl