Hudson And Troop Release New Video
The latest offering from Melbourne’s Hudson & Troop is equally dark and brooding as ecstatically uplifting. Setting out with a simplistic acoustic guitar driven intro, the beautifully produced track soon departs into more experimental territory with building layers of analogue synths and electro flourishes creating sweeping dynamics verging on the cinematic. Exploring the moment in which a relationship hangs in the balance, Frameless speaks to the innate yearning in all of us, to connect. The brainchild of Travis Aulsebrook, he casts a wide net in terms of influences: from Bill Callahan to Laurie Anderson, to the indie-pop sensibilities of Vampire Weekend, his vision was masterfully developed in the studio working alongside multiple award-winning producer Pip Norman, aka Countbounce (TZU, Sparkadia, Ash Grunwald, Urthboy).
The accompanying music video is directed by Darcy Prendergast and Andrew Goldsmith of J Award winning / ARIA nominated OH YEAH WOW, known for their work with Gotye, J Cole, Aloe Blacc, Paper Kites and Bombay Bicycle Club. The clip’s protagonist is none other than an impressively-horned, blue furred beast, living his days as a cook at a local restaurant. And he’s deaf… using sign language throughout to communicate the poignant lyrics of the track. Designed and constructed by the Sharp FX team (known for their work on The Hobbit), the visually striking monster commands the screen – his intricately bizarre appearance coupled with the poetic movements of AUSLAN, taking the central themes of alienation and the desire to connect to a whole new dimension. Co-director Darcy Prendergast spent 3 months learning the signed choreography, before spending a mammoth 26 hours in the furry suit… unfortunately coinciding with a 42 degree Celsius day (107 Fahrenheit).
This is Hudson & Troop’s second official music video. The first for Against The Grain (Open Up Slowly EP), a stop-motion kaleidoscopic clip starring coloured pencils, became a viral hit, garnering a Hype Machine #1 position on the Most Popular Chart and features in nme.com, cbsnews.com and The Huffington Post. This paved the way for a plethora of sync opportunities and a strong following across international streaming services such as Spotify.
Frameless is the first single from H&T’s third EP ‘Daytrip Enquiries’ (slated for an August release), and is available on Spotify, iTunes, and the artists bandcamp on April 6.