American indie duo Beach House have posted an informal statement on their Facebook page regarding a British Volkswagen advertisement that used music eerily similar to their song Take Care.
Paste Magazine reports that the tune in the advertisement – titled Stories and Whispers – was supposedly created by the London-based composition team Sniffy Dog.
Beach House’s original song appeared on their 2010 album Teen Dream. The band released their new album Bloom earlier this week.
The band posted the following statment:
“Hate to have to address this VW ad story during our release week, but an important part of information wasn’t included in the news story. The ad agency actively tried to license ‘Take Care’ from us for weeks, to which we politely declined. People’s comments/ anger should not be directed towards VW or us. It was the ad agency that made these moves. I hope this also clarifies to fans and non-fans just how ‘Take Care’ and the VW ad song are related. We will release a proper statement weeks from now when we don’t have more interesting things to do/ talk about.”
Take a listen to the VW ad below, followed by Beach House’s track, and make up your own mind: