Let’s start the week – not for the first time – with a little bit of Nathaniel Rateliff. Deserted beaches, empty streets and abandoned fairground rides feature in the apocalyptic video for ‘Time Stands’, a beautiful visual ride through quarantine across the continents. Rett rogers, who directed the video, says: “The global pandemic we are facing has implemented distance – distance from our loved ones far away, distance from people out in the world and distance from the life we once knew.
The only way we could film during lockdown was without a crew and drone cinematography can be filmed by a single operator while emphasizing the separation inherent to this moment. People across the world are singularly experiencing this new sense of space and I wanted to document that – from bridges in Nigeria and abbeys in Scotland to the outback of Australia and skyscrapers of Sao Palo, from an empty shopping district in Tokyo to lonely Southern California beaches, silent streets of Santo Domingo and great solitude of the Colorado Rockies. The space within the recording of ‘Time Stands’ fills the vast landscapes, image and song reflecting upon time, detachment and balance.” And that description is as artfully well-put as the video is stunning.
This is the latest single from the remarkable new album, ‘And It’s Still alright’. The album and the title track have both been nominated for the 2020 Americana Awards, deservedly so. Excellent stuff. Have a good week.