Tōth Shares New Single/Video "Picture of You".
Tōth's "Picture Of You" is the final single and music video before the debut dream-pop masterpiece 'Practice Magic And Seek Professional Help When Necessary' comes
out May 10th. This “lovely orchestral song” caps off a string of absorbing singles that
drew praise from international media.
Dealing with themes of grief and acceptance, the music video takes place on a surreal school picture day and features twin 9-year-old siblings (brother and sister) playing the part of
Inner Child, a cosmic photographer, and a protagonist stuck in a loop of grief.
Ultimately the kids save the day and we all get free of the frozen memories.
About the song from Alex Toth:
"Ironically I had a show on a bill with my ex’s band early on in the birth of Tōth. I wrote this song the day of a show and performed it that same
night. It’s sort of a look into how we don’t have control over our
thoughts and what the feels like when we are processing loss or
trying to get over a person or addiction."
And from director Jasia Kaulbach:
"When I first heard 'Picture of You', right away it evoked the claustrophobia of heartbreak - getting stuck in that particular
trap of repetitive thoughts. That paralysis inspired the visuals -
for things to be happening around and to Alex while he's unable
to take part. I wanted kids included from the start because though
the song has a darker struggle at the forefront, there’s a playfulness
that brings it together and releases Alex in the end."
In July 2016, Alex Toth was recovering from a broken foot and a broken heart, stuck in his fourth-floor apartment in Brooklyn with cast and crutches. This is where Tōth’s debut album,
Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary, was born.
A few months earlier, Alex and his Rubblebucket cofounder and love of more than eleven years had “consciously uncoupled,” after a period of helping each other through devastating challenges
ovarian cancer and alcoholism, depression and crippling anxiety. It was a separation rooted in profound respect, marked by matching stick-and-poke tattoos, and followed by a continuing, fruitful creative partnership.
In the wake of the breakup, Alex—a nocturnal wind-up dance toy who only sometimes winds down (he has worn a nicotine patch for four years straight with no exit plan)—was lightning-struck by sadness. “Almost convalescent” at times, in his words, though rarely still. A fiercely dedicated
jazz trumpeter by training, Alex is always playing. More importantly, he is always, always
writing. And that spring, in the midst of dance parties and silent meditations, rooftop
smokes and intense crying jags, a new kind of music started to come.
Raw, stripped-down songs unfurling in the middle of the night without agenda, bent over an acoustic guitar. It never occurred to Alex that he was making an album.
The idea sprouted later that spring when he was co-directing a David Bowie tribute with his friend Kimbra—after hearing some of his new songs, she strongly encouraged Alex to turn
them into a record, an idea he brushed off at first (they went on to co-write
“Down for the Count” on the album).
But it solidified in June 2016, when Alex was onstage with his punk project, Alexander F and broke his foot. Stuck there in his apartment all summer, through practice, solitude, and a lot of silence, Tōth came to life.
May 30 / Moon Romantic w/ Jake Sherman / Minato City, Japan
May 31 / Yokohama B.B.street w/ Jake Sherman / Yokohama, Japan
June 2 / Musica Japonica w/ Jake Sherman / Osaka, Japan
June 7 / National Sawdust record release show w/ Twain / Brooklyn, NY
B I Z Z A R R E
Tōth - Picture Of You
Tōth - Practice Magic And Seek
Professional Help When Necessary