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September 12, 2014

The Dove & The Wolf: The Words You Said

A Balearic-Hued Indian Summer for the Rising Duo

Apparitions of a sunshine romance haunt director Zack Spiger’s vision for “The Words You Said,” the latest release from Parisian singer-songwriters The Dove and the Wolf, aka Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat-Camard. “It's a story about a lost or unrequited love,” says London-based Spiger of the video’s hazy, saturated flashbacks. “When you try to relive that moment from one summer a long time ago that keeps haunting you.” Having honed his skill as a cinematographer, the filmmaker zoomed in on the island’s bucolic, rolling landscape, which meant hours waiting for the right light and the appearance of a custom fish tank on set to tackle the underwater shots. “In Ibiza you can't get underwater housings for cameras,” he says. “But it worked out well—by the end of the shoot we were swimming around in the pool with the tank, drinking beers and eating calamari.”

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Club Kuru: All the Days

Sun-Kissed Fragments on the Adriatic Coast from Director Danny Sangra

“We were staying on a cliff that over looked the ocean,” says Danny Sangra of filming on the romantic hillside roads and beaches of Trieste in northeastern Italy. “Everywhere we went you could see houses hidden on the hillsides. Almost everything looked like a perfect setting for a film.” Starring Laurie Erskine—whose crystalline R&B track “All the Days” is his first under the Club Kuru moniker—and Icelandic model Sif Agustsdottir, the video references the feel of Dario Argento’s oeuvre, The Graduate, and the styling of The Talented Mr Ripley. “I wanted to make something non-linear, more like 1960s Italian experimental filmmaking,” says Sangra, who has directed films for A$AP Rocky, Metronomy and Mykki Blanco. At Erskine's behest, the artist and filmmaker based the fragmented nature of the video on ‘Kuru,’ a disease specific to Papua New Guinea that causes physiological and neurological effects, opening it with long, sun-dappled memories before things deteriorate into chaos.

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Ásgeir: Going Home

A Brooding and Magical Vision for Iceland's Breakout Troubadour 

“I wasn’t planning on recording an album or releasing any of my songs,” says Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir. “I just called a producer and wanted to record one track. He liked the music and a few weeks later we released an album.” The resulting release Dyrd í dauðathogn became a record-breaking phenomenon after it was released in September 2012: the biggest selling Icelandic debut album by a homegrown artist, with one in ten of Iceland’s population now owning a copy. This month, the English language version of the album In The Silence was released on One Little Indian, translated by the American folk artist John Grant and featuring standout track “Going Home,” showcased in this otherworldly music video directed by local filmmaker and artist Máni Sigfússon. “I wanted to capture characters frozen in time, their surroundings changing around them as the world gets more distorted, all up until the point where they find peace and a new home,” says Sigfússon, who is currently collaborating on live concert visuals for Icelandic musicians Sin Fang and Högni Egilsson. Ásgeir is quick to attribute his success to his own home life and upbringing; both his parents are artists and all five of his siblings play an instrument. “I was starting writing songs when I was 10 and my father’s poetry was all over the house,” he says. “For this album, I wrote the music first, then he wrote the lyrics to that.”

“Going Home” / “Dreaming” is released April 7 and “Here It Comes” / “Heart-Shaped Box” is released April 19 for Record Store Day

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