The band releases the series of shorts as ‘experimental extensions of the songs’. Each of the six art films will be published on River’s Edge every week, starting next Monday, with exclusive commentaries from the band.
Cult east London art-popsters Hatcham Social have created a series of video shorts to accompany songs from their most recent critically-acclaimed album, Cutting Up the Present Leaks Out the Future. The band themselves made the videos.
The band say: “We made a series of short films to accompany the songs and their lyrics from our last LP. They are more like short art experimental film pieces than music videos.”
Toby Kidd, Hatcham Social’s frontman, adds: “We decided we wanted to help illustrate the ideas of the album and the songs.
“Rather than commissioning ‘promo’ style videos we wanted to ourselves make a series of shorts that were in essence extensions of the songwriting itself, each an experiment in film to hopefully enhance the album’s narrative: stillness, being alone, friendship, man’s hopes in reaching the stars, the beauty of when we work together and the darkness we find inside ourselves.”
Finn Kidd, the band’s drummer and Toby’s brother, says: “Four were inspired by surrealist and art cinema film makers like Chantal Akerman, Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, Hans Richter to name a few… to project the feelings and the meanings of the songs, using one continuous shot to capture the idea. And two were made using found footage and text to create the story.”
With each weekly publication of the videos, the band will provide exclusive commentaries, published only on River’s Edge. The series starts next week with ‘Ketamine Queen’. The complete set is below (click to view).
Cutting Up the Present Leaks Out the Future is out now on O Genesis Records.
Band photo by Joanna Curwood.