Angel Olsen - Tiniest Seed
Holy crap. After watching this I don’t know what to do with myself, it’s breathtaking. I feel like I need to go out in the back yard and pet my dog and ask him “How you doing big fella?”
Shot on 16mm film. The backstory thanks to NPR below
The score was mailed back across the Atlantic and then interpreted using a hand-wound 16mm camera. Two rolls of film were shot in barns and fields, and in gorges and on piers in Upstate, New York. The beginning of the score called for a meiotic effect to be used in tandem with the song “Tiniest Seed.” The film was exposed and then rewound and re-exposed many times. Later in the score a more intuitive approach to shooting was the direction, as a reaction to the song “Sweet Dreams.” These images were collected with the foreknowledge that the film would be extensively manipulated in the darkroom. The film was mailed back to Vienna. An archaic homemade contact printer was used to create the final look and that film was hand-processed, and rinsed and repeated all in the same room in which the score began. The final version is the documentation of an epistolary-exchange lasting nearly a year. It is an attempt to sync the unsyncable and our experiment at reconciling the space between us. Every hand visible in the final film. A 16mm print available and recommended for screening purposes. This is the digital version.
Make sure you her album Half Way Home via Bathetic Records, which is one of my favorite albums of 2012. Listen to a new song “Sweet Dreams” thanks to NPR. Angel’s new Sleepwalker 7” is out January 15 on Sixteen Tambourines.