We are really proud to present the video for our newest single ‘Dormant’. It’s a song about seeking a sense of belonging and unity in difficult times, and a hugely talented group of filmmakers, actors, dancers and crew have put a lot of time and passion into a beautiful accompanying short film. Here’re some words about the video's concept, based on an experience I (ロブ) had several years ago.
It was an evening in early summer and I was driving to a friend’s house. While driving across a bridge which spanned a busy dual carriageway, I saw a man stop in his tracks on the pavement and, with both caution and conviction, climb over the high metal barrier so that he was poised on the edge of the bridge, holding the fence and facing the drop.
It took me a few seconds to process what I’d seen and, given that the cars in front and behind me were continuing on their way, I wondered whether I’d imagined it. But I remembered a documentary I’d seen which explores why so few people try and help those who attempt suicide, and this spurred me to try and to help resolve the situation. (Thanks, Eric Steel.)
I quickly turned into a residential street and pulled my car up onto a curb. Getting out and walking back towards the bridge, I saw that traffic was now jammed on both sides and there were four people at the scene, physically holding this man back by his shoulders from where they stood on the pavement. A woman was on the phone to the police and she motioned for me to go and join the other four in restraining the person. I joined them at the side and fixed both hands awkwardly, and as forcefully as I could, on one of his shoulders.
The next five minutes were, I suppose, some of the tensest I’ve ever experienced but I remember only fragments- the dried blood on his arms, his shoulders moving in an effort to shrug us off, the questions we gently asked, the horns of a handful of impatiently waiting drivers and the sight of the rush hour traffic continuing unyieldingly below us.
When he slowly, wordlessly climbed back over the fence onto our side, there was little time to reflect or reconcile. Two officers jumped on the guy and pinned him to the ground before lifting him and moving him to one of the open police cars, which soon pulled away. The Domino’s driver who’d helped restrain him sprinted back to his car to make up for lost time on his delivery. The lady who’d managed to get the guy talking strode back to her car and sped away. The other two had already disappeared and the remaining policeman was busy directing traffic around his car. As quickly as all these people had come together, they’d had to rush back to their lives again. I stood on the bridge for a minute or two, wondering how everyone else had so easily resumed their days, and then walked back to my car, accepting that no one was going to give any answers, any resolution, anything.
It took me a long time to stop thinking about it, but I’m just thankful that things turned out alright on that day.
When I discussed the initial idea to do a video for ‘Dormant’ with producer Jamie Mills, I spoke about this experience. The dark, chromatic progressions and dense percussion of Simon’s song suggested a tone of desperation, and the words- about the clash between the mundane and the significant, and between unity and isolation- had a resonance with the way the scene unfolded and, perhaps, some of the thoughts the man may have been having. Jamie came up with a script which became the basis for the film.
I was moved and humbled to see the basic concept develop into a powerful short film, realised imaginatively and intensely by director Heini Suzanne and Jamie. The lead actor Ben Everett Riley’s emotive portrayal of a young man in crisis evoked the demeanour and expressions of the person I encountered, and the dancers did an amazing performance under the dramatic choreography of Jeremy Au. We cannot thank the whole team enough: for not only creating a beautiful and resonant accompaniment for our song, but also for exploring a difficult subject in a sensitive and reflective way.
Director: Heini Susanne
Director of Photography: Miguel Carmenes
Gaffer: Melique Oglivie
Assistant Director: Caroline Hajny
Producer: Jamie Mills
Choreographer: Jeremy Au
Actor: Ben Everett Riley
Dancers: Helene Hoier, Emma Clandon, Natasha Sturgis, Alexandru Stoica, Alessandra Miotti
Whoah, just saw that 'Relaxing Sunday Mornings' from alexrainbirdMusic, which includes our track 'Get On Your Skates', has now passed the 10 million mark! There's no stopping this video- check it out at: https://youtu.be/Q1jE25zn8RU at some point if you need to unwind to some sweet, sweet acoustic music
The weather forecast this weekend is..... quite good? Perfect for some hiking, for which the WildStray - outdoor & adventure blog playlist would make a great accompaniment.
Check out the above playlist on Spotify for a soundtrack to your next adventure... which includes two songs from yours truly
'209' is on the latest alexrainbirdMusic folk compilation! This is a set of uplifting tunes for Spring 2019 put together by our old pal Alex Rainbird, who first featured our song 'Get On Your Skates' about 2 years ago, really helping us to build an international audience. It's an honour, as always, to be featured on the channel.
It's on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp0ewm7aDe4and Spotify at: https://open.spotify.com/…/…/playlist/18gku1hBT22Prg7ljuUk1m.
Some meditative fingerpicked acoustic guitar for a mellow Thursday- a playlist put together by Enrico of The Heart and The Void: https://open.spotify.com/…/…/playlist/0xVhalpT6uPz4z7x8q11X5
We are really pleased that our latest song '209' is included in this playlist, alongside some of our favourite musicians!
Tonight! We are performing at the Square and Compass in Worth Matravers, the heart of Dorset. Those in the locality- come along and make it 'worth our travers'
Our homemade video for our latest single '209'. A story about a mysterious journey in a fictional car (portrayed bravely by a Peugeot 206) which suddenly develops autonomous abilities.
Simon Thomas - Unnamed Protagonist
Robert Sword - Guitarist in rearview mirror
Peugeot 206 - Peugeot 209
Thanks to Tom Hinsley for filming this and Simon for editing it.
'209' was played on BBC Radio 6 Music last night in the BBC Music Introducing mixtape! Thanks to Tom Robinson at Fresh On The Net for including the track, Eric at The Chairman Dances for the lovely writeup and Steph at BBC Music Introducing Solent for selecting it in the first place- we are honoured to be played on one of our favourite stations!
"The weathered narrator, based on their words, has come to grips with the changes and chances of this life – a noble sentiment in line with this noble piece of songcraft."
We are so honoured to have had '209' selected for Fresh On The Net for their Fresh Faves this week! Thank you so much to Eric Kewson from The Chairman Dances for a lovely writeup- one of the nicest reviews we've ever received!
You can read the writeup of this and some other fantastic new music at:http://freshonthenet.co.uk/2019/02/faves312/