In advance of the release of their new studio album, titled The Fall of Hearts, Katatonia have released a lyric video for the first full track from said album.
The video is directed by Lasse Hoile, and in a nice change to the usually expected ‘words appearing here, there and everywhere all over the screen’, this one is very easy on the eye and probably my favourite of this method of showcasing songs.
Katatonia guitarist Anders Nyström had this to say about the stylistic choices for the video:
Knowing we didn’t want another ”font circus” with all these words and letters competing in olympic acrobatics, we decided to make it extremely simple but also very real… 30 years ago when we were active in the underground tape-trading scene, there were no computers around, so we had to write all our letters by hand, or when feeling extra motivated, we used a typewriter. I clearly remember writing letters on a typewriter with a ribbon directly to paper created a special feeling that no computer would ever emulate. So determined to bring back this feeling for a brief couple of minutes, we passed on our idea to our talented friend Lasse Hoile, who made sure this beautiful Royal typewriter served a final purpose before crawling all the way back to the start, returning to dust…
The Fall of Hearts is due to be released on the 20th May through Peaceville Records and, unless someone else has dibs on it already, I’ll be back with a full review of it soon. In the meantime, check out the song below – in the time it’s taken me to write this up, I’ve listened to it about 5 times and it’s beautiful…..the goosebumps are great fun still…..