Video of the moment
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Halifax singer/songwriter Alana Yorke certainly didn't rush out a video clip to accompany "Anthem", the first single from her acclaimed Paper Bag Records debut album Dream Magic. In fact we playlisted the track with our NCM album review nearly a full year ago, one in which we praised Yorke's "pure voice, evocative soundscapes and fluent piano playing". Her dramatic and atmospheric sound has drawn comparisons to the likes of Kate Bush and Enya.
The beautifully filmed video for "Anthem" features moody shots of two figures walking through the darkness, illuminated only by the burning torch one is carrying. As they contemplate an open fire, the swelling sunrise gradually lights the screen, revealing a gorgeous Maritimes seascape. The pace of the clip neatly complements the haunting and rather languid song. It was directed, filmed and edited by Paul McCurdy, a noted Halifax cinematographer who has shot many documentaries and short films.
2015 has been a breakthrough year for Yorke, who was recently nominated for four Music Nova Scotia Awards, including Solo Recording of the Year, Alternative Recording of the Year, New Artist Recording of the Year for Dream Magic and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for "Anthem". Another song off the album, "The Wichita Years", has attracted media attention here and in the U.S due to its source of inspiration, the famed 8mm Glasco Family home movies, shot in the '50s. Here's a fascinating Globe and Mail story on the topic.
Yorke played shows in Toronto and Peterborough earlier this week and has a show at Jimmy Jazz in Guelph on Dec. 5. An artist to keep an eye on.