No Frills Twins just released their new single ‘Paper Love,’ a soaring electro-pop track that celebrates the priceless value found in deep, supportive relationships.
Accompanied by a video, ‘Paper Love’ marks the long-awaited return of the Sydney-based duo, whose last song ‘Love Me Tender’ came out in 2017.
It’s a poignant return for twins Arna and Vanessa Rogers! This new track unveils a new era in their music, with a focus on their elastic vocals and emotive song writing.
“‘Paper Love’ salutes a connection between people that is far deeper than any monetary or material exchange,” the sisters explain. “It’s about loving someone so much that you feel inexpressibly content just in their company, without needing anything else.”
The song erupts into an anthemic, gallant chorus, accompanied by glistening 80s-style synths.
Directed by Chloe de Brito, the video is an adulation of togetherness, sisterhood and indestructibility of twinhood.
“It’s a tale where twinhood crosses over with a Robin Hood-esque narrative to a place where a lust for money leads to a challenge worth winning,” DeBrito explains. “With all good fables comes a worthwhile lesson, and simply enough, it was never about the money. With a roaring irony, the twins steal from the stolen and leave unscathed hand-in-hand, stronger than ever.”
Highlighting the power of femininity, the video is “a spin on a late 60’s counterculture, feminist crime film.”
“‘Paper Love’ holds references to the anti-establishment power duo tropes in ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ and ‘Thelma and Louise.’ Blended with performative elements of melodrama, it’s an homage to early ‘Walk On The Wild Side,’ Jane Fonda,” adds de Brito.
The song was written when the small-town twins made the big, arduous move to Sydney last year, finding themselves displaced and uncertain.
“At this time, all we really had was each other, which was not much but enough,” the sisters explain in an Instagram post.
The duo said the song “basically wrote itself.” However, with a missing chorus, it was placed in their “long list of unfinished songs” pile, until they joined forces with producer Xavier Dunn and co-writer Sam Phay.
Those interim years between releases were marked by a period of personal hardships for the pair, which saw them take a step back from the spotlight.
“This period of time allowed us to grow personally and musically, and we realized the direction in which we want our sound to travel.”
The twins were singing, songwriting and performing from the moment they could talk.
Their carefree creativity and independence soon saw them self-releasing theatrical pop songs, paired with equally outlandish videos. Among them was the tongue-in-cheek, electro-pop banger ‘God Bless The Internet’ (2014), which has racked up nearly a million views on YouTube.
More recently, the duo performed for the streaming festival, Isol-Aid alongside fellow Australian artists Stella Donnelly, Angie McMahon, Julia Jacklin, and more.