Concrete Confessions from the Rising Singer-Songwriter in Our Series with Yours Truly
“He was climbing on rail cars and drinking,” says Yours Truly's Babak Khoshnoud of South London's King Krule, who he filmed at the closing of a dusty Los Angeles day for the second installment of NOWNESS' series Sunrise, Sunset. “As he's underage, we feared the worst.” The rough-edged croon and soulful Rhodes piano of featured track “Cementality” is a highlight of the 19-year-old artist's acclaimed debut album, 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, and its urban essence was repatriated to the now-abandoned Lincoln Heights Jail, LA’s oldest authority building of its kind. Though Krule—aka Archy Marshall—and co were swamped by members of the LAPD mid set, they came away unscathed. “Archy is a cool customer,” says the San Franciscan music film collective's co-founder Khoshnoud. “He somehow made the beer disappear, gave the fuzz a fake name and escaped with a stern warning. Easy.”
Look out for NOWNESS' dusk and dawn collaborations with Yours Truly during the coming months.
A Dawn Chorus from the Psychedelic Dreamer Heralds a New Series with Yours Truly
“It was interesting to see the changes in color that happen over the course of two or three hours,” says Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, describing the spectacle of the Californian coast before dawn that kicks off Sunrise, Sunset, a new NOWNESS series created by music filmmaking collective Yours Truly. “I can’t remember the last time I slowed down enough to soak all of that in.” The film segues from the beauty of beachside town Carmel into a hushed early morning performance of “Paracosm,” the eponymous track from the Sup Pop signing’s second album. Written in and around Greene’s countryside home outside Athens, Georgia, the album’s electronic flourishes and dreamlike aesthetic chime with the picturesque landscape captured here. “The week before the band arrived, we went out on adventures along a stretch from Carmel to Monterey and down to Big Sur,” says director Babak Khoshnoud, who in 2009 co-founded Yours Truly alongside William Abramson and Nate Chan. “It reminded us of the sounds and visuals that the record contains; it’s a soundtrack to summer, regardless of the season.”
Look out for NOWNESS' bespoke dusk and dawn collaborations with Yours Truly during the coming months.
King Krule Joins the South London Drifters on a Journey Into the Edgelands
“Where should we escape when we have no place to go?” muses Swedish director Marcus Söderlund of his new video to introspective electronic duo Mount Kimbie’s sweeping single, “You Took Your Time,” filmed on location just outside London in the marshy, urban landscape of Tilbury, Essex. “In a more equal society, the suburbs wouldn’t be places you have to leave.” The director is best known for his iconic monochrome video to The xx’s, “VCR.” “I love color. But I also find it really calming to work in black and white, it’s like your senses becomes sharper once you desaturate.” The song features the hostile vocal flow of 23-year-old rapper, King Krule aka Archie Marshall, and is taken from Warp Records-released Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, Mount Kimbie’s follow-up to the acclaimed debut Crooks & Lovers. NOWNESS spoke to Kai Campos—one half of the band alongside Dominic Maker—about their creative collaborations.
What’s the song about? It seems to be a collection of mini narratives.
Kai Campos: The thing about King Krule’s lyrics is that his style of writing is really stream of consciousness. A lot of abstract, dream imagery comes out, to paint a wonderfully detailed picture.
What was it that drew you to work with Marcus Söderlund?
KC: Initially, I was a little bit wary of its urban look, but the quality of his work and his aesthetic style persuaded me that he was the right person to go with and I love it. The main thing I wanted to avoid was a moral to the story. That’s not what we do musically, and I don’t think that would have worked, especially for this song. So I wanted it to have a lot of strong imagery in it.
Can you tell us what you think is the most successful element of the video?
KC: The thing I like about it is Marcus’ compassionate portrayal of his characters. You can imagine the location being on the outskirts of any city, really, but he’s not patronizing. He doesn’t give any easy conclusions.