Cut Copy shared the official video for “Standing in the Middle of the Field” the latest single from the album Haiku From Zero. The clip was directed by filmmaker/new media artist Vincenzi Vandella (Justice, Solange, Kirin J Callinan). Born in Russia and now based in Australia, the director’s hybrid works span the worlds of music video, virtual reality, experiential and more.
On Monday, November 6th. The band will kick off a North American headline tour in support of Haiku From Zero on November 9 at the Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz, CA. The run includes a November 10 concert at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles and a November 24 show at Terminal 5 in New York City. See below for itinerary.
“Vincent is an old friend of the band, having done some of our very first tours together with his own band, The Midnight Juggernauts, but in recent years he’s also been working as a filmmaker,” says Dan Whitford, Cut Copy’s lead singer. “He came to us earlier this year because he’d been experimenting with a strange visual effect having a camera rise upward through various difference scenes and landscapes, almost like delving through a collection of memories. He suggested this experiment might work well when put to our music. We agreed, so he set to work making this new clip for our song ‘Standing in the Middle of the Field.'”
“The initial concept was to create a video that was uplifting, in a literal sense,” explains Vincenzi Vandella. “We wanted the camera to rise up through various different scenes, telling the story of a couple in one long continuous shot. It would cover the minutia of their everyday intimacy, while also expanding to wider epic vistas, within the one journey. We shot the interior scenes by literally tying a camera to a rope and hoisting it from the ground upwards. Then we filmed a wide assortment of exteriors with a drone, from national parks to inner city lane ways, compositing everything together in post.”
“Haiku From Zero and the artwork I generated for the album were inspired by the endless array of information and images that we’re surrounded by on a daily basis, particularly the randomness of online images and GIFs,” explains Whitford. “They can be absurd, poignant, humorous, frightening, banal, confusing, refined, throwaway – all at the same time. The experiential site takes elements and outtakes from the album artwork and assembles them into a little world to navigate through. You can click through to hear snippets of different songs, and it includes commentary by each of the band members on each track for those that want to know a little more about how we made the album.”