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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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The Wave Pictures: Like Smoke

Tabitha Denholm Pairs the British Guitar Band with a Slow-Mo Vision of Louisiana

“I’m talking about death, family, living in the city and sex,” says David Tattersall, guitarist and vocalist of British indie rock trio, The Wave Pictures. “I hope that doesn’t sound too heavy, it’s a simple song and I put some jokes in the lyrics too.” “Like Smoke,” the evocative track in question, closes the band’s latest album City Forgiveness. Released on the London-based Moshi Moshi records, the poignant, acoustic slow jam is here given an unexpected dance partner in filmmaker Tabitha Denholm’s footage of Louisiana trail riders at an R&B-infused zydeco music party. “My friend [the blues-rock musician] C.C. Adcock was always regaling me with tales of the great music, food, people of the countryside of New Orleans,” says Denholm, who documented the Creole community in late 2013, currently developing a film on Balearic club culture. “After I went there, I couldn't get the imagery of people taking horses to dance parties out my head. I think the combination brings out something new and quite lovely in the footage and the music.” As the band continued their UK tour with French artists Stanley Brinks and Freschard, NOWNESS quizzed Tattersall on his music heroes.
 
I love The Rolling Stones, especially the early rhythm-and-blues stuff. When they did things like Jimmy Reed’s “Honest I Do” or Rufus Thomas’s “Walking The Dog” they were so good: you really hear what sensitive and sympathetic musicians the Stones are.

Wreckless Eric is someone who I admire very much. Especially the albums he made in total obscurity in the 80s: Le Beat Group Electrique in particular is very, very good.

Wild Billy Childish is a genius at recording,
a great sonic artist who really understands rock and roll. At his best, he’s the equal of someone like Link Wray in the studio.

Lately, I really love The Who.
Strictly the early stuff. The Who went shit quickly and stayed shit. I can live without all that pompous rock opera nonsense. But the debut album is totally killer. They have so much energy. Pete Townsend is a crappy lyricist, but he was a great guitar player.

The Wave Pictures play Islington Assembly Hall in London on April 18 and have a limited-edition vinyl release of the “Helen” EP for Record Store Day on April 19.

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Amenra: A Mon Âme

Willy Vanderperre Strips Bare the Belgian Rockers

“It was the first time really that we did something that was out of our hands,” says Colin H van Eeckhout, the lead vocalist of post-metal band Amenra, of working with Willy Vanderperre on today’s arresting video for their 13-minute track. “Normally I'm all over anything we do, so it was quite scary for us to just let go and trust someone, blindly.” “A Mon Âme” marks the second music video outing of the fashion photographer, who’s stark, uncanny style has graced campaigns for the likes of Christian Dior, Jil Sander and Raf Simons. The fellow Belgian approached the band after seeing them play live in Paris, and wanted to distill the intensity and power of their performance. “For the video, I wanted to be almost on their skin, very close in a hypnotic way,” says Vanderperre. Below he talks to NOWNESS about his foray into music.

What comes to mind when you listen to Amenra’s music?
Willy Vanderperre:
The flat lands, my hometown, skin.

What was the starting point for the video?
WV:
Growing up in the same area of Belgium as the band members—no one captures the vibe and the spirit of South West Flanders in music as they do. The sound transports me back there instantly.

What was it like working with These New Puritans for your first music video?
WV:
What is great about These New Puritans is that they are a band not afraid of experimentation, they're constantly evolving. When we worked together on the artwork for the brilliant Fields of Reed album, we decided to shoot a video together.

Which artists are on constant rotation on your playlist?
WV:
Amenra, Depeche Mode, Balthazar (another genius Belgian band) and Lubomyr Melnyk.

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