“On The Dark Water’s Edge” by Arsun

"On The Dark Water's Edge" by Arsun is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day
Arsun Photo by Tasmin Meyer Ersahin

New York singer-songwriter Arsun announced Babe I Hear Thunder In Your Heart, his debut full length album, due for release in the winter of 2024. To accompany the announcement, he shared a new video for “On The Dark Water’s Edge,” as heard in a recent campaign by French luxury fashion house Yves Saint Laurent. Complete with mournful fiddles and a churning country ballad rhythm, the track was inspired by the traditional tune “Cluck Ol’ Hen” and the record Foc’sle Songs and Shanties sung by Paul Clayton. For an even deeper dive into the inspiration behind the song, Arsun has created a special “On The Dark Water’s Edge” playlist here.

The video maintains the song’s use of vintage recording practices, with director Tasmin Meyer Ersahin drawing inspiration from urban pastorals like Wim Wenders’ The American Friend and Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets to provide a fittingly understated, yet rich filmic companion.

Arsun has already established himself as an artist in demand; earlier this week he performed “Like A Rolling Stone” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as part of Cat Power’s band in support of her Bob Dylan covers album, Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert. Arsun will play his next solo set at NYC’s The Knitting Factory at Baker Falls on November 25th alongside Brion Starr and Julia Cumming.

Stream “On The Dark Water’s Edge” HERE.


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