Batkovic presents a holism in his music that draws on the full capabilities of the instrument. This is reflected in quite a staggering range of pitch, volume and timbre that the instrument is able to produce, something that Batkovic exposes gloriously for the first time ever.
However there are also subtleties in the production of the album that also make it a technical and aesthetic triumph. Batkovic wanted to translate the true sound of the accordion for the audience, in terms of representing exactly the way it sounds to him while he’s performing.
It took over a year to solve the problems regarding the audio engineering of the album, but this now means that the stereo image opens up a whole new sonic spatiality, immersing the listener in a vivid and intricate sound-space.
“I wanted all of the instruments breathing, air noises and the sounds of flapping of claps to be audible. So the handicaps of the accordion can be transformed into benefits, creating a new sound”
On 21, Jun 2016 | In Film | By johnminton
Starring singer/songwriter Beth Orton with Muhammet Uzuner (Once Upon A Time in Anatolia) alongside a cast of westcountry non-professionals, Light Years plays with form to create a startling story of loss, hope and the deepest of human connections. The trailer edit reunites Esther May Campbell and I after the BAFTA award for best short film for September in 2009.
On 07, Jun 2016 | In Music Video | By johnminton
Last month, Leeds’s Eagulls released an excellent sophomore LP of dreamy, shoe-gazy rock called Ullages. Today they’ve shared a heartachey video for album cut “Velvet” that feels like a vintage 4AD cover made as a motion picture directed by John Minton, whose work lead singer George Mitchell said he has long admired.
“I was a fan of John Minton’s work that he’d created for Portishead and was lucky enough to get him to work with me on this video,” he explained in an email to The FADER. “We both share interests in old cinema and we saw Saul Bass and Fernand Leger as inspirations on the visual elements and John was able to adapt these inspirations into a modern take with a theme of love loss running throughout. “
On 23, Feb 2016 | In Music Video | By johnminton
‘In Deep’ is the first taste of the dark romantics’ forthcoming album, Of Desire, and was shot over 2 freezing January days in Berlin.
“It’s about longing – we wanted to make intimate images with a cold tone which rolled with the tune,” says video director John Minton.
Of Desire was recorded on Geoff Barrow’s “wonderful synthesisers” and is out March 11 on Bristol’s Invada Records. Keep your eyes peeled for a FACT feature with The KVB later this month.