Today we have a brilliant Song of the Day by way of a video première for Kathryn Williams’ Underground, a song which those of you who commute to work via the tube may be be more than familiar with. Underground is the opening track from Kathryn’s album Crown Electric, for which she had this to say:
“I feel strangely giddy about this record,” she says. “I feel like I’ve hit a point in my writing where I don’t feel apologetic.” She mentions the opening line from Tequila: “Be brave enough to be yourself.” That’s what I’m trying to do with this record,” she says. “To feel all the doubts and do it anyway. It’s about coming to terms with where you are and what matters and being happy with your lot. Being able to look back and know that you can be proud of what you’ve done. I think I’m just at peace.”
The video was made by Marry Waterson who many of you will know as an accomplished singer in her own right. We’ve featured a lot of Marry’s animation work on Folk Radio UK including recent videos for Maz O’Connor, James Yorkston, The Furrow Collective, The FLK and more. She has a brilliant way of getting inside a song and bringing it to life through her wonderful stop-motion animation, one of her most beautiful was the video for the Piper’s Way by the late Lal Waterson (Marry’s mother).
Marry had this to say about Underground and reveals some of the more unusual challenges in making it:
“I was asked to make a lyric video, which is always cool because I love to play with type.
“I tried to echo Kathryn’s words visually with faceless crowds and such, I guess we’ve all experienced that slight panicky feeling on an over crowded tube, it’s nasty.
“Whilst it’s a serious subject it’s sang in an upbeat way, so there are touches of humour here and there. Trying to paint little faces on my son’s tickly, wiggly toes was quite a challenge…”