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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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Bo Ningen: Slider

The Explosive Japanese Acid-Punk Band Lose Themselves in Marie Schuller’s Matrix

The intensity of avant-rockers Bo Ningen collides with director Marie Schuller’s geometric world in the hallucinatory film for “Slider.” “I shot them in their most natural habitat—performing live,” says the German-born, London-based filmmaker. “By capturing them in such a raw way, my job was to create a surreal, unapologetic and unforgiving world around them.” Influenced by krautrock, punk and Japanese pop, the band take sartorial cues from more unlikely places. “Japanese pro-wrestlers, not rock stars, are my style heroes,” says bassist and vocalist Taigen Kawabe, perhaps alluding to the cameo of two bare-chested fighters grappling in today’s film. “Especially those who fight the death match—they go and sell merchandising straight afterwards, covered in their own blood.” Fetish pin-up Anita de Bauch and mature model Alex B also feature in Schuller’s video. “I am much more interested in storylines that remain abstract,” says Schuller, who had work screened at Cannes 2013 and is head of fashion film at SHOWstudio. “The characters represent different layers from the song—their scenes are all glimpses into unresolved storylines, which remain a mystery throughout.”

“Slider” is co-written by King Midas Sound's Roger Robinson. Bo Ningen’s new album III also features Savages' Jehnny Beth and is out now on Stolen Recordings. The band support Black Sabbath at Hyde Park, London on July 4.

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