New Tricky Video – “Council Estate”

By Amrit Singh / May 27, 2008

No more whispering. There are lots of Tricky quotes floating around regarding the first, markedly sung single from the forthcoming LP. Camp Trick says “Council Estate” is rooted in “twisted Specials-worshipping punk,” while the tricky looking kid himself touches on the cut’s newfound forefront vocal stylings:

It’s the first single I’ve ever done with just me on vocals. I couldn’t whisper that song. I had to come out of myself and do a loud, screaming vocal. I wanted to be a proper frontman on that one.’

The clip’s set within and without the sort of UK public housing that gives it its name, while Tricky toys with the stereotype: “They call you ‘council estate’ / they call you ‘can’t go straight’ / they call you ‘crime rate’ / they call you ‘can’t go straight.'” More sociopolitical sloganeering post-jump.

Moments of those shots of the council estates are sorta “Stress“ful. Knowle West Boy is out 7/8 in the UK and 9/9 in the U.S. via Domino. Stream tracks (and remixes of) album tracks at knowlewestboy.com.