We have a video premiere from Oxford-based boy/girl electro-dream-folk project Water Pageant who have been receiving a growing amount of attention from the likes of Fiona Talkington and Max Reinhardt on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction as well as Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing Oxford.
The video for ‘Overlaps’ which was directed and shot by Liam Martin Film (www.liammartinfilm.com) is based on the true events of a 53 year old barrister from Oxford who regularly takes time out from his conventional family & work life to assume the identity of an urban fox, badger, otter, deer or swift.
He often spends nights and days wandering around on all fours in pursuit of these other mammal communities and short of living in a set chooses to sleep in bushes, lurk in back alleys and scavenge dust bins in order to achieve a oneness with his mammalian cousins.
Exploring habitats which human senses are less attuned to, he has learned to refine his sense of smell, taste & sound and alter his diet accordingly, to bring himself ever closer to his subject. He details his experiences in his book: Being A Beast.
The idea for the song itself evolved along a slightly different but not unrelated path, in that it explores ideas surrounding identity especially in the modern sense of the word; in a world which seems to be having an identity crisis all of its own. Has it ever been any different? Won’t it be ever thus? “Never dissolves completely, never resolves completely”. The ‘sleeper train’ refers to the Caledonian Sleeper service from Euston station to the Scottish Highlands.
Sat 16 – Record store day – Trading Post, Stroud
Sun 17 – Record store day Sound Knowledge, Marlborough
Fri 22 – The Cellar, Oxford, main support for Moulettes
Sat 23 – Album launch show London – Sebright Arms, London
Fri 29 – Album launch show Oxford – Art Jericho, 6 King St, Oxford
Sun 1 – Crofters Rights, 117-119 Stokes Croft, Bristol
Sun 8 – The Marwood, 52 Ship St, Brighton
Sat 21 – Wood Festival – Braziers Park, near Oxford