WISE 3 THE LAST OF BARRETT'S PRIVATEERS
A FILM BY JULIEN PEARLY
WISE 3.1 - "HARBOUR WALL"
WISE 3.2 - "JEREMIAH"
WISE 3.3 - "THEY SLEPT FOR A THOUSANDS OF YEARS"
WISE 3.4 - "FIELDS BELOW"
The last of Barrett’s Privateers, what a long and strange name for a band. It took me months to spell it right, though I have to say I’ve never been good with names. When you hear their music though, you understand straight away where they are coming from, and where you will go.
Indeed the listener is due to embark in a long and unknown journey, full of nostalgia, navigating on a melodic sea where mandolins, banjos and violins behave as rows to maintain the fragile sailing boat in a straight direction. And when it’s not enough the trumpet blows a loud and harmonious sound to prevent opposite winds that would send their ship to unfriendly shores. The ongoing backing vocals provided by the 4 players echo as voices of 3 happy and faithful lieutenants, Matt, Dave and Tom joined in rhythm to Toby’s, a confident captain with a broken heart. He usually starts with a slow tempo then bring his crew into a cheerful cadence. They are people with the certainty that this ocean of music will be their friend and will bring them home, a place to rest their tired body after a long but exciting adventure.
Harbour wall (WISE 3.1) is in this aspect a song that reflects perfectly the metaphoric adventure I just described. Here 3 takes of the same song shot in 3 different places, 3 seasons put together as a combination of my journey crisscrossing theirs.
The 1st take (second in real time&space), was shot at night in august 2010 at the Tron during OOTB open mic, now located in a different venue, the montaigu on st Leonard street. The summer season is the stage for the fringe festival where people comes and goes endlessly in “the dark streets with cobbles”. The slow start allows me to peer through edinburgh old town, “the harbour’s alleyways” where the privateers could have set their boat to play their song. People faces contrast from the ones paying attention to the music to the ones passing by without even a glance, some others stare for a while before going back to their lives, some just light a cigarette.
Until at last what I was waiting for happens and enters a man that I follow to the bar. The crowd presents inside is a mix of attentive, busy talking and familiar faces (for the ones that commonly take part of the music scene of the city). The band itself appears in the background like emerging from the mist of the harbour.
The second take was shot earlier in june 2010, end of spring@ the Meadows. “I stopped and strain to hear a sound through the air” as it regularly happens there. Life is beautiful when you grasp and witness something you don’t actually expect as, just around the corner of my eyes a melody comes out of nowhere caressing my ears, striking my heart and relaxing my weary mind. That’s exactly what happens here for the people walking down the path but also the ones watching this video. Then “I send my thoughts away to you now” is where music elevates one self to rise in the sky above the trees to have a look at the world below.
The 3rd take, shot in the Lot last October, is after “running high, running fast to the old harbour wall” we have this view from above, from “the rooftop” of the world, of this band braving time and seasons, throwing their voices into the wind with the hope to be heard by people who cares, like many others, of this beauty of life that is music.
Jeremiah (3.2) was one of the major prophets of the Hebrew Bible also called the "Weeping prophet". This song is one of my favorite of the young band and would make the strongest man cry, of sadness then of joy. This is also my most advanced video so far with a 3 camera takes in a live edit style, it is a music documentary film. A long editing process for a marvelous journey through Edinburgh landscapes and music venues. You can see in direct live the transformation of the band, from the souvenir of their lives as buskers to their 1st ever gig in the raw, dark venue, the sneaky pete, to a wider stage offering the setting their music deserve. Poetically the lyrics illustrates what we see before our eyes and the beatiful finger picking melody is sweetness to the ears. "Can you hear us screaming from the upper floor?...is there anyone there at all?" emphasize a feeling of isolation where misunderstood personnas are left alone in a state of numbness whereas the words used implies their screams are more internal than external, we sees in the meadow path people hanging around waiting something to happen. "Pull me back from the darkest avenue from where you have sent me..." is another plea for help, it sounds like a prayer, where someone in hollistic pain kneel and whispers to himself then to the entire world he cannot do it by himself. "as i hit the ground feeling safe and sound..." you cannot be more poetically precise on how to describe the fall and the rise of a group of people that find "trust to trust" is the change they need to give them energy, to trust their gusts and keep in mind the future will bring its share of rewards, for instance some money put in their guitar case by a passenger. The music enravels this discovery by bringing us in a realm of melody, the charm of their adventures will keep us up late at night as well as in the open field.
The next song (3.3) is a pure lullaby for rest and dreams, with sweet voices coming from a fantasy land overlooking mountains resonates to our ears. Where eyes up to the clouds watchover you, through mirrors and behind your back, for the safety of ur mind. It's a song sang from the lands of rain and thunders which keep us calm and help us lay down our heads, in our bed asleep slowly turning in a sound coming from below. it's a playfull tunes at heart where you can see their joy in performing their art, friends with a clear insight of how fun it is to be together. Hear their loveliest choir another strenght of this band full of qualities and innovative ways of transcending music. Hear them asking you "don't you go there anymore?"...where is that land, this place where giants deliver verses to the sound of music...is that...Hum? A look at the mirror, through the window or behind your back might lead you to the answer.
Before reaching for the final applause lets hear another ingenious song of these talented folks. (Wise 3.4) Using clapping in desynchronism as the core tempo of the song we land where we were left in the previous story, in some fields below with the heart full of wonders of the people and place we live in. Many times i found myself having daydreaming experiences, as recurant as these videos might suggest the meadows might be the place we all wander once in a while and stay foolish o the amount of time spent dreaming. The sound of trumpet invigorates a meaning of longing, longing for what? oh where are you now? Family, friends, the everlasting love we all look for? In such undecisive times, is staying in a field and play together until we clear our minds of everyday troubles the real answer to the ones in search of meanings. I think it might be.
more to be told...
Filmic Lives Of: Workshops (Previously Workers In Song)
Filmic Lives Of... is a collaborative broadcast program created by TIDES Coop.
Started as Workers In Song Edinburgh, FLO:W showcases the local music scene of the Scottish Capital with bands exploring the city in search of an audience. Set in episodes of songs shot in outdoor and indoor places as the music goes along, they create by themselves stories of people interconnecting with each other, sharing their melodies and…
Filmic Lives Of... is a collaborative broadcast program created by TIDES Coop.
Started as Workers In Song Edinburgh, FLO:W showcases the local music scene of the Scottish Capital with bands exploring the city in search of an audience. Set in episodes of songs shot in outdoor and indoor places as the music goes along, they create by themselves stories of people interconnecting with each other, sharing their melodies and their struggle to find a place in the music industry. It results in creative short films which can be seen as promotional music videos shot by local filmmakers, and short documentaries displaying the band local environment but also their musicality and song writing in live performances.
A tv/broadcast channel will be created in the future to screen FLO:W episodes gathering this new generation of films inspired by live music and documentary filmmaking with one main target: telling stories through chapters of songs.
WISE (Workshop Interdisciplinary Self Employed) is an infrastructure built for transferring knowledge, skills and self-promotional purposes, and where producers, editors, designers, organisations, businesses gather with the same desire to support their local scenery through creative films,concerts and social events.
Live Film Project started with the aim to film the music and artistic scenery of Edinburgh and Scotland, to celebrate its soundscape through its landscape, discover the roots of its folklore and create an archive of raw HD footages and edited films capturing the real energy of live music - an untapped area of our shared cultural heritage. Exploring local communities it resonates by its goal and simplicity: to create a platform where people meet and create a new generation of films inspired by live performances.