Proud Father has dropped the second single from The View of Earth From Mars is out today. “Yaw/Pitch/Roll” is a towering centerpiece track that seamlessly blends shoegaze and new wave textures with a bedroom pop sensibility. The song follows the narrator’s entry into the Martian atmosphere, thrust back into sensations of gravity and meaning after nearly a year floating in void.
The visuals are stunning flyover-style renderings generated by Seán Doran, who constructs 3D models of real Martian landscapes using stereo imagery data from the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Brendan Chamberlain lives his life on Mars time. For the past 5 years he has been driving the Curiosity Rover across the Martian surface, and is currently part of NASA’s team attempting to fly the first-ever helicopter on Mars. On his debut album as Proud Father, appropriately titled The View of Earth From Mars, Chamberlain takes from his own personal experience to deliver insight from the unique vantage point of a man on Mars looking back at Earth.
Chamberlain has written and recorded music as Proud Father for nearly a decade, but The View of Earth From Mars is his first project to incorporate themes from his career in space exploration. In order to evoke senses of weight and scale throughout the record, Chamberlain tapped the expansive sonic palette of heroes like Brian Eno, The Blue Nile, Cocteau Twins, Radiohead, and Deerhunter. The sparkling instrumentation at the beginning of the record burgeons into dense soundscapes by its conclusion, anchored in layers of guitar and Chamberlain’s vocal harmonies.