elbow make available today a further track from their forthcoming album, ‘Little Fictions’ together with a landmark video. The short for ‘Gentle Storm’ is directed by the legendary Kevin Godley and sees him revisit the iconic promo he directed in 1985 for Godley and Creme’s ‘Cry’, a video that remains one of the touchstone examples of the genre.
The idea to re-imagine the ‘Cry’ video came from lead singer Guy Garvey as he explains:
‘‘Gentle Storm’ reminded me of something but I couldn’t work it out for a bit, the yearning and the sparsity of the sound. When I worked out it was ‘Cry’ I asked the rest of the band if they remembered the video cos it was such a seismic event as a kid. Pete and Mark did but Craig didn’t and I realised that a lot of people wouldn’t know the track or the video even though they were BOTH so important to me. So Kevin Godley is a Prestwich boy and so am I so I thought ‘I’ll be a cheeky bastard and get in touch with him and see if he is up for doing it again for our track.’ It was amazing that he was up for it. We got a load of our friends and family involved so they ALSO are in it. The shoot day was incredible, video shoots can be quite grim but it was such a great atmosphere that Kevin created and the finished film is something we are amazingly proud to be involved with.’
Kevin’s initial reaction to that call from Guy was puzzlement, but as he explains, he soon saw what could be possible for all concerned.
‘When Guy Garvey called me and said: “Would you consider recreating the ‘Cry’ video for our new song ‘Gentle Storm’ I was a bit puzzled. Why would he want something that was already out there? Then I realised… ‘out there’ really meant out there since 1985 and a whole generation or three wouldn’t have seen the original, or have a clue who Godley & Creme were, so to a world of millennials it would probably be “who the fuck?”
I didn’t really have to direct anyone - they all became suitably themselves as soon as the camera rolled. Everything felt real, nothing felt forced and there were no fuck ups, no tantrums and no 35 mm gates to check as we shot on 4K res digital video. In fact the only difference between this shoot and Cry was the major technological advance of steadying people’s heads with a sink plunger instead of a saucepan.’
‘Little Fictions’ has been hailed as one of elbow’s finest albums to date, described as ‘silky and punchy and full of sonic detail’ by Mojo magazine in a four star review and regarded by Q as simply ‘another brilliant album’ adding a further four stars.
To see the video for ‘Gentle Storm’ go to http://vevo.ly/QdJ3Vm.
‘Gentle Storm’ and previously released tracks from the album can be heard at https://open.spotify.com/artist/0TJB3EE2efClsYIDQ8V2Jk.
‘Little Fictions’ is released by Polydor on 3rd February 2017 on Gatefold Vinyl, CD and digital download. Those pre-ordering the album digitally will receive ‘Gentle Storm’, ‘Magnificent (She Says)’ and ‘All Disco’ immediately. A special edition boxset of the album containing a bespoke book, CD LP and digital download of the album is also available in limited quantities exclusively on the elbow store.
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