Are you ready to end off your week with something epic? KNTC hopes so because today is the day we premiere their brand new music video for “Duality,” a great big helping of epic, with a vibe and energy that’s ready to overtake you! The French pair have delivered a powerful piece of songwriting with this one; the single serves as the centrepiece to their new album The Great Escape.
Due to release this fall, the record is about owning up to yourself and your struggles. The songs deal with mental health issues, depression, and hardship while standing up to the world and dealing with everything head-on. Writing and recording The Great Escape was at times painful, as it involved a lot of emotional investment, but it also was rather cathartic and allowed the duo the opportunity to learn a lot about themselves in the process.
Explaining how the song came about and how it provided the context for the album as a whole, lead singer and guitarist Clément said, “‘Duality’ is the song that’s really at the core of our new album. Fighting depression, and acknowledging it for the first time was a tough fight against myself. I realized that I had to get better, that I deserved to get better, but at the same time, some dark, twisted part of me was fine with it, like I also deserved to feel that way. More and more people open up about their issues, and that’s some kind of miracle, but eventually, you’ll find people who will just understate your situation, claiming that your problems are nothing compared to others.
“It’s still hard, even today, with all the help you can find around you, to understand that your pain is real, and that you can do something about it. It’s that dissonance that led to the writing of ‘Duality,’ and ultimately, of the whole album.”
The Great Escape marks a turning point in the career of KNTC, with events of the last year providing them the context for how they wanted to move forward. Their bassist left the band last year, which left Clément and drummer Lucas with a big decision on how they wanted to move forward. They decided to soldier on as a duo and refocus their attention on writing and recording something more ambitious.
The Great Escape was recorded at the highly reputable Les Studios de L’Hacienda, before it was mixed and mastered by Chris Coulter (Arcane Roots, Jamie Lenman) at London’s Decimal Studio. With a sound that is at times both wild and precise, the two are heavily influenced by a diverse set of artists, including Muse, Gojira, Radiohead, Agent Fresco, Twenty-One Pilots, and Billie Eilish. It’s not so much about recreating the sound of the artists they love, but rather defining themselves artistically speaking, and infusing that with as much honesty as possible. That’s what makes this twosome tick, and it’s also what makes them so charming and engaging.