Just Chemistry is the third single from Dance Lessons, a London-based, female-fronted and produced trio, creating what they define as Serrated Pop. It follows the successful launch of two domineering releases SMABTO and New Job.
Just Chemistry is a delicate hymn to the unspoken, and the new single sees Dance Lessons return with their signature sound – minimal production, sleek vocals and intricate arrangements.
Ann, front-woman and producer, had seen previous success with her own solo project (I Am Harlequin) before forming Dance Lessons. She is also a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction and due to release her first book with a Berlin-based independent press in spring 2021.
As for Tom and Nat, prior to Dance Lessons, they spent six weeks in New York collaborating on an album with producer/mixer Andrew Maury (Lizzo, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Kimbra).
“Just Chemistry is about the over-complication of our relationships,’ explains Ann. “It’s about the things that are left unsaid in-between the awkward text messages and conversations, and how the absence of knowing can be misinterpreted as doubt.
“Last year was a difficult one. For a long time, I felt at the mercy of my emotions. I doubted where things were going. I lived in the future and found it hard to commit to the present. But these moments of not knowing can be equally thrilling and beautiful. And that’s what the song is about: finding beauty in the unspoken.
“In most cases, it’s chemistry that makes us fall in love. Things end, all is temporary. Let’s not go to war with one another over it.”
Nat says on the video:
“A friend told us about this weird and wonderful house in North London that feels a little like stepping into an acid trip. We obviously wanted to check it out. It’s completely surreal, all over the place (in a great way) and generally eclectic, which felt inherently us. We instantly wanted to do something there and asked the owner for permission to shoot a music video.
“We filmed during lockdown and were let loose embracing all the oddness of it. Ann also designed and created the outfit she wears in the video, something she does with most of her wardrobe. It was shot, directed and edited by our hugely talented friends Ben Hanson and Simon Frost from Borderland Studios.”