Lost Under Heaven today reveal ‘Bunny’s Blues’, a new single from the Manchester-based duo comprised of Ebony Hoorn and Ellery James Roberts. ‘Bunny’s Blues’, along with the previously released ‘The Breath of Light’, are both taken from a new Lost Under Heaven album due to be released this year on Mute.
“With this song, I present an alter ego,” says Ebony, who takes the lead vocal on ‘Bunny’s Blues’. “Creating this character of Bunny began with a performance piece I did back in Amsterdam. She became a playful tool to confront how male-dominated society attempts to control both women and nature without having any real understanding or respect for their being and innate power.”
The track is accompanied by a video, directed by Ebony, who explains: “I took inspiration from Cassavetes’ Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Rainer Fassbinder’s Lola and then the Giallo Styling of Dario Argento & Jesus Franco to subvert the typical exploitative objectification of the female body… Working with a small team, we designed and built all the sets in a friend’s basement. Our cinematographer Jamie Allan was able to secure an old 16mm camera, which had been a lifelong dream to work with. I love how it pushes everyone to consider every aspect, to focus and remain present in the moment whilst you work. Creating this video has been an intense but very rewarding experience: between Ellery, Jamie and myself, we handled the entire production, direction and editing, learning many lessons that will feed back into LUH.INTERNATIONAL, our recently formed production studio.”
After eloping to Amsterdam on 21st December 2012, Ebony and Ellery began to experiment with form and approach on a collaborative life work, which became the basis of their critically-acclaimed debut album, Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing in 2016.
Now, after a period spent in an embryonic retreat, Lost Under Heaven are preparing to return with a new full-length album, which will be released later this year on Mute.
The band are currently preparing to play their new music live. “essentially we are trying to refine it as raw power as possible, whilst maintaining the sonic ambition of the productions,” says Ellery. “Since we last toured, Ebony – along with singing – learnt to play bass, allowing us to play as a three-piece.” They are joined by a new drummer and Ableton-manipulator Ben Kelly, whom also collaborates as Band Photographer, capturing the images used for the recent single artworks.
Lost Under Heaven trailed their new live show during a residency in Salford’s White Hotel, a venue they will continue to hold events at throughout the year. “This next auspicious step for Lost Under Heaven is not a reinvention, nor a rejuvenation,” Clash said of the show. “This is a rebirth and it’s only just begun.”
Ebony, who takes on the role of the band’s visual director, elaborates: “Over the past year I have had opportunities to begin realising ideas I have had from the outset of the project; from developing a VR work to capturing my beloved Giallo aesthetic on 16mm. The ambition was always to create audio/ visual experiences. The live shows around the debut album ended up being more traditional for the sake of functionality, but now we have made the right connections and collaborators to really start to explore the visual element.”
‘Bunny’s Blues’ is released tomorrow via Mute.
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