Solomon Grey reveal a touching video for their new single ‘Wonderful World’ from their new album ‘Human Music’, released 16th February 2018.
The video for ‘Wonderful World’ was shot and directed by acclaimed Irish photographer and film maker Niall O’Brien. Over the course of four months Niall documented the lives of people living on the Bascom Avenue, San Jose, California. The resulting film is the real-life love story of ‘Dana’ and’ Blake’.
The filming of the couple began when Niall found Blake sleeping rough in the alleyway below his apartment and he took Blake for breakfast, ‘There was an agenda as I’m always looking for a story. But we clicked, he was a really interesting man with a lot to say and a complex backstory.’
Niall then began documenting Blake’s life with his partner Dana over several months filming and taking photographs. On return to London Niall had been looking for an outlet for the vast amount of footage he had amassed when he was in touch with Solomon Grey about treating for Wonderful World. ‘It was like a kick in the head. The footage I had was so precious I never anticipated a promo but after understanding and listening to the beautiful track, I know it would fit.’
Niall’s powerful footage instantly resonated with both Wilson and Kingston’s concept behind the song. Wonderful World was written by singer Joe Wilson during the time his mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness (read the backstory here), in his words “Wonderful World is ultimately a song about hope and finding light in the darkest of situations. It’s about the celebration of a relationship and also deep, strong happiness within a sad frame. The film and the song tell the same story although at first glance they couldn’t be further apart from each other.”
The Wonderful World video will be the first time anyone has seen Niall’s unique footage ahead of an exhibition at London’s Sid Motion Gallery in April, as well as further trips back to San Jose to help his friends Blake & Dana.
Wonderful World, is taken from new record Human Music released on 16th February 2018 on Mercury KX. The album is a collection of intricately crafted songs mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT), showcasing Solomon Grey’s cinematic-style emotive soundscapes influenced by their recent work sound tracking major BBC TV series ‘The Last Post’ and ‘The Casual Vacancy’.
Catch Solomon Grey performing ‘Human Music’ live throughout 2018 across UK and Europe, dates on sale now with more to follow.
23 Feb Brighton Unitarian Church
27 Feb Glasgow Hug & Pint
28 Feb Leeds Headrow House
06 March Manchester Band on the Wall
07 March Bristol The Lantern
08 March London St Pancras Old Church (sold out)
09 March London St Pancras Old Church (sold out)
13 March Amsterdam Vondelkerk
14 March Copenhagen Ideal Bar (Vega)
23 March Hamburg Elbphilharmonie / Kleiner Saal
03 May Köln Kulturkirche
05 May Berlin Zeiss-Großplanetarium
25 Oct London Union Chapel