Androgenius’ “Soulless Solace” single deals with a deep darkness, disguised by a wall of groove

Cape Town-based jazzy funk four-piece, Androgenius, release their debut single and music video off the back of a string of successful events.

“Soulless Solace” deals with a deep darkness that’s disguised by a sound wall of groove. 

“It is a dialogue between one’s conscience and one’s own hedonism, how easily we can convince ourselves that it’s okay to do something because we want to do it, without always understanding or even heeding the repercussions,” lead singer Al Clapper explains.

“Addiction is frowned upon, many times by the people who don’t understand it. But it’s something that needs to be spoken about more openly, because it’s a reality for so many,” he continues and he’s 100% correct. Although how something like addiction is still stigmatised today is beyond me.

This video itself, directed, filmed and edited by Paige Fiddes (of Paige Fiddes Creative) is a day-in-the-life type of narrative.

It follows the band, with renewed focus on Clapper, as he dances through the streets of Cape Town’s CBD, eventually ending up alongside the rest of the band at The Raptor Room on the night of their single launch.

It perfectly captures the carefree nature that makes this group so energetically infectious, and it’s a solid debut from a group that’s done a lot of growing up in the last year-and-a-bit.