Published Sep 01, 2015The Bug's project King Midas Sound are preparing to release a collaborative album with Christian Fennesz called Edition 1, and ahead of the LP's September 18 arrival on Ninja Tune, the collaborators have shared a video for "Lighthouse."
The song begins with a quietly shimmering drone, which is accompanied by cryptic black and white images of what appear to be grids, light fixtures and gossamer-like strands. Once the slow, steady rhythmic thwacks enter, the visuals are filled with spinning yellow light. In the final moments, we see some nature shots.
The video was directed by Paul Clipson. He said in a statement to Pitchfork:
When I first heard "Lighthouse," I was immediately drawn to the subtle textures and tones of the music, to the rhythmic structure of the piece. It drew out of my memory various film images, as if when listening to the music I was dreaming while awake. The track evokes a sense of life lived and dreamt, of time's passing in a thought, enigmatically phrasing this idea within a subtle, minimalist approach. The images were filmed with a Bolex 16mm motion picture camera in San Francisco, and while traveling this year to New York and Hong Kong. The color and black and white superimpositions, images layered on top of each other, were all created in-camera while I was shooting in these cities. I make films in the hope of finding sounds that will create a responsive environment, an imagined architecture in which images exist and resonate within music. When listening to "Lighthouse," all sorts of associations and emotions began to refer to visual moments from my films. The collage of images that resulted is a series of visual echoes, a meeting place between experiences both literal and abstract in nature. The guitar tones and surface textures of the track, the expansive breadth of the sound, suggested to me city surfaces of grids, graphs, geometries, and lines, with layers of subterranean streets evoking multiple levels of consciousness.
Watch the clip below.