The Artist Explains: Shadowdream - 'The Obsession Begins Tomorrow' (Video)

Photography by  Csaba Nemeth (Design Studio Nemeth)
Shadowdream speaks to us about the ideas behind his single and official video for the song 'The Obsession Begins Tomorrow' taken from his ambient / jazz new album 'The Sunsettler’s Motel'. out now via Wormholedeath Records.


The Artist Explains:
Where was the video filmed?

The video for the single 'The Obsession Begins Tomorrow' is basically a mixture of clips
I have filmed with my Super 8 mm camera during the Picasso/Duschamp 'He Was
Wrong' exhibition at Stockholm’s modern art museum. Also, excerpts from a feature film
were used in order to break the abstraction into more of a conventional narrative, to
explain the story of the album and single more easily.

How does the video compliment the song?
The video is a sort of a “mind extending exhibition”. This is an underlying motif of the
single, as we, through the plot, follow a person going mad with the obsessive ideas. The
circles compliment this theme, as they serve as a hypnotic material – this hypnosis can
bring the mental aerobics to any human being, especially in case the main protagonist of
the album/single.

Any behind the scenes stories?
Basically, the video was done spontaneously, so there aren’t many behind the scenes
stories. Maybe the main story is that the idea for the whole abstraction grew up at
around 3am one morning after I woke up. Who would know that the trip to the bathroom
would eventually end up at the editing table.

Tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
As I have mentioned earlier, the whole abstraction is used to explain the delirious state of a
killer who eventually becomes a prey. Or, better yet, the question is who here actually is
a killer, prey and is that all just in the head of one person? That is why the abstract
images with a circular flow, used in hypnosis, highlight the eclipse of a mind.

What is the message the video is trying to convey?
There is no deep message in the video, in a sense that the whole album is a “music film noir”,
not some philosophical tractate. I have not tried to bring some deep philosophy and or/message
up in the video, nor the music for that matter. I wanted to create a film noir without an image
and accompany it, later on, with a video, in order to spark up more imagination in the listener.

Interview feature by Karla Harris

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