“Vertigo” is the sixth track from American band Mini Mansions and their second studio album “The Great Pretenders”, released in March 2015. The track features British indie band the Arctic Monkeys frontman, Alex Turner. Mini Mansions was founded by Zach Dawes, Tyler Parkford and Michael Shuman. Mini Mansions wrote “Vertigo” along with Turner, as well as producing the track themselves.
“Vertigo” is an indie-rock and synth-pop song about the feeling of falling in love, and feeling vertigo when you do, so dizzy or sick. The track has both Mini Mansions and Turner talking about a love that made them feel that way. When Mini Mansions toured with the Arctic Monkeys on their AM tour in 2014. Shuman from Mini Mansions explained how “Vertigo” came to be: “We’ve become close with Alex and the rest of the Arctic Monkeys. He lives down the street in LA from the studio we were recording in, so he’d just drop by. We had this idea that the second verse of ‘Vertigo’ would be sung with a British-type (frontman of northern England band The Fall) Mark E Smith vocal. It seemed the obvious choice to have a real Brit on it… He wrote the lyrics pretty quickly and knocked the whole thing out in one take.”
*Please note that the following paragraph may contain themes that are NSFW*. The music video for “Vertigo” was released on the 24th March 2015 on Mini Mansions’ YouTube channel. Directed by Jesus Riveria, the video shows women topless, in socks and in sheer clothing while being photographed by Mini Mansions, as well as Turner appearing in the video with a glass of whisky, with other Mini Mansions members surrounded by topless women with glasses and clown noses on. The video has 2.2 million views and 40 thousand likes as of July 2020.
Release Date: 11th March 2015
Songwriter/s: Zach Dawes, Tyler Parkford, Michael Shuman & Alex Turner
Producer/s: Mini Mansions
Label/s: Electromagnetic Recordings via Capitol Records (US) & Fiction Records (UK)
Music Video Release Date: 24th March 2015
Music Video Director: Jesus Rivera (Demonbabies)
Chart Rankings: “Vertigo” itself did not chart, however the album itself did (“The Great Pretenders”), at #18 on the US Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.
The lyrics to “Vertigo” can be accessed here.