Today we’re very pleased to present the new video for Dan Haywood’s Suspicious Farms which features on his new record Dapple (read our review here).
The album was recorded at various locations in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, near to where he lives and works as a songwriter and ornithologist. He describes the recording of “Suspicious Farms”:
“These songs eavesdrop on formative scenes in the life of the album’s protagonist, giving fine detail or a strong scent and then flashing backwards or forwards to another point, inviting us to sketch out what happened in between. To join the dots, dot-to-dot. Musical vignettes and stockier songs. Did the previous episode inspire or defeat? Galvanise or slowly poison?
By the time we hear ‘Suspicious Farms’, our hero is 19 and learning every day. He’s introducing his sweetheart to the liberating, restorative powers of the countryside. The couple is confronted by a middle-aged farmer who finds his sweeping vistas oppressive, and each wild season long and debilitating. His territory has become his prison. Throughout the album these places of beauty turn from paradise to hell and back again. We recorded the take outdoors, some distance from a concessionary footpath, scanning for movement across miles of keepered moors.”
The Hunter, in Warren Ellis’ novel Gun Machine, is a serial killer, a schizophrenic and a seer. As he wanders the streets of modern-day New York, he sees pine forests in the skyscrapers and herds of wildebeests in the traffic. Inspired by the concept of the urban palimpsest, videomakers Sohrab Golsorkhi-Ainslie and Samantha Lee have turned to the RGBDToolkit, which films in 3D and allows for the creation of images that are simultaneously photorealistic and wireframe abstract: two dream worlds colliding.
Dan Haywood plays The Glad Cafe in Glasgow on 12th December 2013 supporting Richard Youngs – for more information: http://www.musicglue.com/the-glad-cafe/events/12-dec-13-richard-youngs-the-glad-cafe/