ABOUT THIS PIECE;
As anyone who’s read or watched any of my previous work will know, I have a love for the sea and the idea of the endlessness of it all. But I grew up in rural England not far off the furthest point from the ocean, so I guess it’s easier to romanticise about the possibility of it. So, whilst taking a trip to Northern Spain, I got to see the edge of the land where the sea slowly eats away at it, and I was thinking about that romantic aspect of it and how it was lost when actually being there, replaced by cowering under the suns heat and not wanting sand in my shoes. And also, suddenly getting a feeling of helplessness as the sea slowly engulfs the land with the tide and we’re utterly helpless to do anything about it. So in a sense, the version of this which has no sound is an observation of people being oblivious to that.
The idea that the sea is time and that time is eating away at you is prevailant in both versions, but more this one, with the viewer as an observer seemingly watch the time fly back around. I also see it as one person staring at the sea and letting their mind go to far off places. I used the track “Oceans Burning” because it creates this mind-bending, psychedelic and almost nostalgic whispiness that in my head always felt right with an image of staring out at the beach thinking about ghosts past and present. That’s partly why I used flickering effects that mimic that of wearing down VHS tapes, especially towards the end, because that’s nostalgic to me and that grainy quality is how I view the past.
To add to this, what’s the significance of the use of colour at the end, the wearing down of the human psyche? The fall into insanity, or just letting go? The heavy blues are definitely symbolic of that of the ocean and a calming, but regardless, I’ll let you decide, but watch the entire thing and shape your own interpretation, I reckon everyone will feel something different by the end.
Recorded in Noja, Northern Spain in July 2012
Track used: The Horrors – Oceans Burning (Taken from the album Skying, 2011) Which is available on
Amazon, iTunes and at all good record stores.
I do not have any affiliation with The Horrors nor XL Recordings.
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