Chris Stewart’s lo-fi synth project Black Marble just released It’s Immaterial, their second album and first since jumping from Hardly Art to Ghostly International. One highlight from the project, “Woods,” gets a new video today courtesy of Libre producer Alberto Berrizbeitia and director Theo Sixou, who helmed Black Marble’s 2013 video for “A Great Design.” Quite literally set in the forest, it’s an appropriately enigmatic set of visuals for Stewart’s eerie throwback track. Here’s a message he shared about the video:
I spoke with Theo awhile back about his initial concept for the piece. At first I was not sure what I thought of all these people running endlessly — sometimes stopping to speak directly to camera — this strange tableau. Having worked with him previously on “A Great Design” though, I knew I should just trust him. Had it been anyone else I might have thought twice about the idea but I’m glad I didn’t.
Somehow, as visual allegory to the spirit of the song, these people running from something, but sometimes it seems, just running because theres nothing else to do, fits perfectly with the underlying theme of the music, the sort of tension that exists when you already know the ultimate outcome but cant bring yourself to extricate yourself from something that has just been in place for so long. That liminal space between wanting and doing can seemingly last forever and I think this video perfectly represents Woods in that way.
I think Theo is one of the most talented people I’ve had the pleasure of working with and I’m so pleased as always that he chose to dedicate some of his time to creating an amazing visual story for “Woods.”
Black Marble are on tour right now:
10/19 Oakland, CA @ The Night Light *
10/20 Sacramento, CA @ The Red Museum *
10/21 Portland, OR @ The Secret Society Ballroom +
10/22 Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria *
10/23 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey *
10/25 Reno, NV @ Holland Project
* w/ Ritual Howls
+ w/ Ritual Howls, Soft Kill
It’s Immaterial is out now on Ghostly. Purchase it here.