Rhumba Club – “Reunion” Music Video is a ‘Gay Melodrama in a Boxing Ring”
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Super smooth listening here…
Rhumba Club in the studio is Tom Falle, former lead singer and writer for Synth Pop duo TEDDY. Their single ‘Happy Tim’ would pick up critical acclaim from The Guardian, The NMEand The Line of Best Fit whilst picking up plays from Alice Levine on BBC Radio 1.
Since ending TEDDY that same year, Tom has been obsessively listening to WHAM! and Erasure, playing around with congas and synth panflutes, and ripping apart his masculinity.
This new phase as Rhumba Club has resulted in the gorgeously euphoric and seemingly sun-drenched new track ‘Reunion’. Whilst the panflutes and lilting chorus instantly recall legendary 80s synth tropes, Rhumba Club’s references to Adidas t-shirts and themes of an awkwardly emotional meeting up with an ex give the track the sense it could only be made in 2017.
Rhumba Club returns with a soft mastery and melodic elegance of the genre that puts ‘Reunion’ into Dev Hynes’ Blood Orange project territory. Rhumba Club emerges as a genuinely worthy successor.
Speaking on the video, set in Islington Boxing Club, Tom states: “I wanted to set this gay melodrama in a boxing ring, a hub of masculinity. Filming a couple of queens between walls plastered with stills of blood-splattered faces felt really apt for picking apart the complications in this kind of relationship, as well as throwing up masculinity in a slightly hilarious way.”