02 Jul Strangefruit – Sea of Fog Music Video (MV of the Week) + Director / Musician Interviews
“Ghosts” and “Tell Me” come from Strangefruit’s debut EP, Between The Earth and Sea, which is out now. “Tell Me” was recorded and produced at Abbey Road with Greg Wells (Adele/Rufus Wainwright/Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry), and “Ghosts” was produced by (The Killers, Goldfrapp, White Lies). Stream both tracks below.
“Ghosts”[audio:/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Strangefruit-Ghosts.mp3|titles=Strangefruit — Ghosts]
“Tell Me”[audio:/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Strangefruit-Tell-Me-Abby-Road.mp3|titles=Strangefruit — Tell Me (Abbey Road Version)]
Laura Clarke (Director) &
Matthew Oaten (DoP)
Laura Clarke: “Matthew and I have collaborated on several films over the years, but the film I am most proud of to date is a film I made in 2010 called Punctum. Punctum has been screened all over the world, most recently the Brighton Fringe Festival, but also the Young persons Moscow Biennale, the London Short Film Festival and a show called Screen in Barcelona. It follows a young girl’s journey from innocence to experience, exploring the liminal space of puberty.”
Strangefruit — “Sea of Fog” Music Video
Please scroll to the bottom of the post for the music video.
How did the collaboration between band and filmmakers first come about? How much creative freedom was given?
What is the underlying concept driving the piece, and how was that formulated?
Are the specific symbolic meanings to any of the items shown? Like, for instance, the dead rabbit or the feathers falling from the sky?
Strangefruit is featured in the music video. How difficult/easy was it to style a band in the context of such a surreal universe?
What kind of budget were you working with?
Strangefruit – “Sea Of Fog” Music Video
Influence-Mapping Strangefruit + Laura Clarke & Matthew Oaten
Observations & Patterns
CHASING THE DARKNESS
The musicians and the directors had the most overlap in the field of visual art and film, and the connection between this music video and all of those artists is obvious — as visualized through the embrace of the dark and the moody, with a penchant towards the surreal and warped. Even the shared literary and social science influences bear some parallel, as the worlds of Franz Kafka are twisted mazes, and Sigmund Freud is known most for his theories about sexuality. There were no commonly shared music influences.