The Band Explains: We Cut Corners - 'Oh' (Video)
We Cut Corners talk to us about the ideas behind their poignant indie folk single and music video,‘Oh’.
'Oh' is taken from We Cut Corners' 3rd album, 'The Cadences Of Others', due for release via Delphi on Friday 4th November 2016. The album is still available to pre-order on CD and 12" vinyl with the added bonus of a limited edition red vinyl 7" double A side single featuring 'Oh' and a cover of Sinead O’Connor’s track ‘Mandinka’ (feat. Booka Brass).
We Cut Corners Explains:
Where was 'Oh' filmed?
The video was filmed in a Georgian residence in Dublin city. The beach scene was filmed in County Wexford in Ireland.
How do you feel the video compliment the song?
The director we worked with for this piece, Adam O’Regan from the band Little Green Cars, is such an astute cinematographer and editor. Drawing on a very simple cache of vignettes, he managed to carve a really beautiful video that evokes the sense of tension and release that characterise the song.
Any behind the scenes stories?
We have to give endless props to Tom, the male actor in the piece, who brought untold levels of fire-lighting nous to the fold. Between takes he would rush to the fireplace, witnessed in the living-room scene, to make sure that the fire was as perfectly formed as possible before getting back into character to film the next take. Not only an intense, proficient actor but an eternal boy-scout!
Could you tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
When we sat down with the director to sketch out some concepts, he immediately leapt on the idea of a scientist or thinker grappling with a seemingly irreconcilable quandary. We talked about Mendel’s Infinity Theory, Archimede’s Eureka moment, Ben Franklin’s experiments with lightning and more contemporary references, like Matt Damon’s prodigy in Good Will Hunting. All of these themes are incorporated, however fleetingly, within the narrative of the video.
What is the message the video is trying to convey?
We always wanted to have a song that had an 'oh oh oh’ refrain, that speaks to the Oh moment of realisation when a relationship has tilted inexorably toward oblivion. The video very ably communicates this rather heavy message with an admirable lightness of touch.
Interview feature by Karla Harris