Caligula’s Horse, a band at the forefront of Australia’s progressive rock scene, recently debuted the track “Will’s Song (Let the Colours Run),” the first track taken from the forthcoming new album In Contact out September 15th, 2017. Now they are premiering the music video for the track, directed by the band’s guitarist Adrian Goleby.
Vocalist Jim Grey explains: “The story of ‘Will’s Song’ is centred around pride and ambition, the human tendency toward self-destruction, the last demand of a proud old man that time is not decay and he is ‘that young man still’.”
Goleby has mirrored this in the clouded performances, obscured figures either silhouetted in smoke and colourful light or dissolving into nothing, and the frenetic visuals truly capture the kinetic energy of the song.
Stream the video below:
The clip was filmed in Northgate, Brisbane as well as the heritage listed (built in 1888) Princess Theatre in Woolloongabba, Brisbane.
Drummer Josh Griffin had this to say: “With this video being mine and Adrian’s first clip with Caligula’s Horse, it’s great to finally have the new line up out there!”
Guitarist Sam Vallen adds, “‘Will’s Song’ might take some fans by surprise, its heavy and technical, certainly more than anything we’ve created in the past. Adrian has done an incredible job conveying that frenetic power in the clip; it captures the energy we aspire to in concert, but also, through its languid and constantly shifting imagery, reinforces the dark atmosphere hidden below the punctuation of the drums and guitars. Speaking of which, check out the drums and guitar! It’s great to show the new guys off to the world at last.”
The band also recently sat down at the offices of InsideOutMusic in London to chat about the new album.
You can watch the first of those interviews below:
Digital pre-orders of In Contact through iTunes & Amazon receive “Will’s Song (Let The Colours Run)” immediately, and the track is available on streaming services now.
The album is also available to pre-order on CD & 2LP + CD (including exclusive colored versions) here:
As with the band’s acclaimed album Bloom before it, In Contact sees vocalist Jim Grey and lead guitarist Sam Vallen collaborating closely on the music and lyrics.
Vallen comments, “In our creative process every idea is scrutinized, deconstructed, and rebuilt in a way that one of us, alone, could never achieve. We’re one another’s harshest critic, but fortunately we’ve done this for long enough now that our inspiration draws us in a similar direction – we can finish each other’s musical sentences, so to speak. And we’re lucky that’s the case, since In Contact proved to be a much more ambitious undertaking than anything we’d conceived of in the past.”
Vocalist Jim Grey adds, “In Contact has been an enormous proposition – the stories told in this album feel deeply personal, and we’ve never been more excited to share a new work with the world. The sounds on this album are dark and adventurous – but without losing the bittersweet and joyful sounds we developed in writing Bloom.”
As with the band’s second album, The Tide, the Thief & River’s End, the band decided to hang a concept around the entire record, taking it in a direction that would end up being the opposite of its predecessor.
“We decided to create a concept album, but one that came from a more personal place: one that would facilitate our creative needs wherever the journey took us,” Vallen continues, “The broader concept is based around the nature of art – of what it is that sparks creativity and inspiration, a celebration of what connects us as human beings, the shared space across our many differences.”
Taking in four separate chapters, each one is dedicated to an individual and their own personal journey and how they express themselves through art.
“Each of these artists are reaching for something more in their lives, and while disconnected entirely from one another, they are united by that reach: for a better life, but also for something intangible.”
Written between late 2016 and May 2017, the album went through a rapid production/mixing/mastering process encompassing five weeks between May and June. The music felt fresh and the ideas were captured at the peak of their vitality. The music on In Contact stretched all of the bands abilities, from the frantic speed and complexity of “Will’s Song (Let the Colours Run)” to the immense scope and variety of the 16-minute album closer, “Graves.” This is Caligula’s Horse at their most ambitious and progressive.