Duncan Evans (also known as Henry Hyde Bronsdon, guitarist of A Forest Of Stars) describes himself as a dark folk singer-songwriter with storyteller approach. With a dark and haunting feel, his songs speak of ‘simple people in extraordinary situations, dreams and delusions, and myths and legends of the supernatural kind’.
‘Lodestone’, a collection of musical short stories in the tradition of folklore and songsmithery not only of English provenance, is the first solo album of Duncan Evans, and ‘Girl on the hill’ is its second single. The animated music video for the song was created by the visual artist Ingram Blakelock.
‘Onboard a gigantic steam machine, a pilot tries to flee the monstrous storm he created’.
A film by Thomas PLAETE – 2D Animation – 6mn – 2010
Thomas Plaete, a French 2D animator, created this internationally-awarded short film in Adobe After Effects. It offers six minutes of aesthetic delight with a monochromatic palette and an outstanding sense of scale, and has been screened in more than 20 countries.
Official website: http://nimbusmachina.blogspot.com.es/
1.- An introduction to the world of Rachael Forbes
The name ‘The Imaginarium Apparel’ at first glance evokes an inevitable sense of fantasy and magic. It’s more than a chic name for a line of fashion clothing, immediately sparking off a sense of all things unique and fairytale like. Here we explore just why this first collection from the brand is giving new meaning to the world of dramatic design!
2.- Hybrid Outfits by The Imaginarium Apparel
Does the clothing line live up to the atmospheric and inspiring name? We believe that it fits the theme and goes far beyond into a design world that not many mainstream fashion dares too. Yes, ‘ The Imaginarium Apparel’ brand is everything one could hope for. At first glance there is the shape of the items that make up the collection. We all know that first impressions count: think daring, mysterious and chic! These are all words that could easily be attached to the clothes in this collection.
1.- The interviewee
Best known as Spiky, Guillaume Muller is the mysterious genius behind master works like Paleblack and Carnival Symposium. He is not only well known within the French Steampunk community, but also internationally due to his creations and collaborations with artists such as G. D. Falksen. Cinema, videogames, music… are you ready to discover Spiky’s world? Follow us!
2.- ‘Rock, Orchestral and Steampunk’
Q.- Spiky, we are very pleased to welcome you to our series of brief interviews because we do admire your creative activity. We discovered you by listening to Carnival Symposium, but Paleblack was the trigger. Are you satisfied with the feedback you have received about this outstanding music video (and making-of) so far?
Guillaume Muller (GM).- We are rather satisfied of the result (as technicians). Despite the budget we had, we managed to get a professional result which is not that easy, especially when you are shooting such elements. You have to shoot in a limited time because of the renting, the weather (night cycle), the stamina of the actress, the temperature of the bath, the electric charge, etc…. The feedback we had was very good so it was worth the time and the implication of all the team and the musicians! We really felt it like living an adventure on a difficult project and we often laugh about the rough times and anecdotes.
Q.- Paleblack is among the works we have chosen for our post series ‘A Singular Soundtrack’ and, in fact, it is quite cinematographic. You have experience in this field… what makes it so attractive for you? May we expect any new collaboration soon?
GM.- Visually I find the colors and the lights very attractive : Using a lot of brown elements is never making it dark and don’t sacrifice deepness. I am especially in love of those « slow-motion brownished » sequences because I think it is what describe my music the best and there are no coincidences as I was in charge of the accessories in this scene (so I basically put what I wanted to see here). I have new projects in mind and the team I am gathering is still not really defined so I can’t really say more regarding a new collaboration.
Q.- Youngness has not been an obstacle for your artistic activity to date, including participations in films and videogames. Would you tell us a bit about your background and education?
As per their own words, The Parlour Trick offers ‘haunted chamber music and dark, dreamy ambience composed, arranged and performed by multi-instrumentalists Meredith Yayanos and Dan Cantrell’. And we think that this is a really accurate description.
Co-founder and Editor In Chief of Coilhouse, Meredith Yayanos is a talented musician, writer and filmmaker. When we discovered that she was planning the launch of a chamber music album in collaboration with the Emmy-award winning composer for film and television Dan Cantrell, we could only think ‘hey, this looks great!’. The crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter was a absolute success and the rest is history.
Named after a well-loved quote by Martha Graham and inspired by some of the creepier and more dysfunctional aspects of Victoriana, the first full-length release of The Parlour Trick, entitled A Blessed Unrest, would be a perfect match for a séance with our Singular Talking Board and the corresponding Vigilat Planchette.