Video of the moment
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The return of The Acorn to the scene after a five year absence is being welcomed here and internationally. The critically-acclaimed combo is the recording project of Ottawa-based singer/songwriter Rolf Klausener, and they released an excellent new single, "Influence", three weeks ago. Read the NCM review here.
An equally compelling video clip for the track has now surfaced. In a label press release, Klausener described the creation of the song and the video: "The song was built around a vocal improvisation from about a year ago," he says. "It originally started as a treatise on privilege, but as the improv morphed from mouth sounds to words, it was clear the song was more of a meditation on quiet confidence. As such, director Travis Boisvenue and I wanted the video to revolve a real person that embodied that sort of depth of character. I was downtown with a rough mix in my headphones, when I thought of asking Ottawa-based installation artist Marisa Gallemit to act as the video's subject."
"The camera follows Gallemit through a day in downtown Ottawa in a series of vignettes: working quietly at her craft, intimate moments with her son, quality time with close friends, and a long night of work at Ottawa's infamous arts pub, The Manx. A few locals make appearances including me, housepunk band Silkken Laumann, photographer Remi Theriault, and others. A subtle hell kind of breaks loose at the bar, and we're left with Gallemit at the end of the night, stoic, resolute, still, and grounded by her practice."
The languid pace of the clip enhances the haunting nature of the track. Lovely stuff.
A new album from The Acorn, Vieux Loup, will be released on May 19th, world-wide on Paper Bag Records. We await it eagerly.