Filmed at Real World Studios and in Oxford. May's video in a monthly series looking at reciprocal covers around Peter Gabriel's 'Scratch My Back' project. We actually had some sunshine which helped with the cutaways, and Guy Garvey was an absolute delight.
Peter Gabriel, Guy Garvey (elbow), John Metcalfe and Bob Ezrin talk about the recording of Mirrorball and Elbows reciprocal version of Mercy Street.
"Dawn gives me a shadow I know to be taller / All down to you, dear." It's abundantly clear why this song, one of the highwater marks of Elbow's Mercury Prize-bagging The Seldom Seen Kid, holds such appeal for Peter. With Guy Garvey's poetic pen producing swooning lines like "We kissed like we invented it", John Metcalfe's surging strings are the equal, giving Mirrorball the big-screen sheen it truly deserves.
"...It's one of my favourite arrangements and has references to Stravinsky's 'Rites of Spring'. Often orchestral arrangements of rock songs are used to 'sweeten'. I think these arrangements have a real integrity to them. They are not a decorated background for a rock band, but use all the colours of the orchestra to provide the heart, passion, intensity and groove. " Peter Gabriel
"We chose to cover Mercy Street because it's such an amazing song, It's my favourite from SO. Also because there's a real tenderness and understanding in the lyrics. Before I knew anything about Anne Sexton or her poetry - the song is about and dedicated to her- I just knew that there was a real comfort to the song" Guy Garvey
"you never know quite what people are going to do with your tracks. With this one they've been fantastic people to work with, very easy, open and straight forward, and the music is stunning." Peter Gabriel
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