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23 August 2019


by Alice May

slenderbodies: “Arrival” - 5 mins 44s

Having thought the word 'petrichor' - the smell of the air after rain - the loveliest word ever, it may be necessary to revise our opinion on hearing the title of slenderbodies' new album.

'Komorebi' means the way we feel watching sunlight streaming through trees, dappled by leaves. This is something universal, and prompts in us emotions ranging from primeval to spiritual; energising to melancholic.

And how appropriate to have chosen such an evocative title.

The album's genesis sprang from the band's desire to reflect the things that mean most to them - places, passions, principles - and 'Arrival' is the first track they wrote.

Savannah Setten directs the accompanying video; the second she's made for them after the haunting 'Belong'. It's set in a high security prison in Ukraine, and the grim, diminished environment ensures any sunlight that comes through the windows or shines over the yard only sharpen the pain of what these young men have lost.

The airy track is almost at odds with this desolation, yet a fragile chord now and then anchors the two together as the prisoners share cigarettes and play trust games, or lie, eyes closed, dreaming themselves into a freedom far, far away.

Film Production: Pulse Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Savannah Setten ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Benedict Turnbull
1st AD: Alex Savelov
2nd AD: Alexander Timkov
Cinematographer: Christian Huck
Colourist: Steffan Perry @ Framestore Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Seb Bruen

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