KADAVAR have announced to release the second video for the Berlin visual album concept soon. Find photos from the “Filthy Illusion” video below.
Together with long-time friend and collaborator Nathini van der Meer ( http://nathinivandermeer.com), who has created artwork and videos for them in the past, they are working on their first “Visual Album”- 12 short films accompanying each of the albums’ songs, to be released once a month throughout the entirety of the year.
The band commented: “You lose ground under your feet. No crutch, no hope, only a plunge into the deep unknown. Life always challenges you and you either fail or you grow out of it. No matter what you do, to get on your feet again, in the end it’s just a ‘Filthy Illusion’ and just right around the next corner there’s a another black hole trying to suck you right in.”
For the second video for the visual album concept, Nathini did just that – more visuality than a story line. An optical illusion perfectly matching the song that aesthetically captivates the audience and puts them in a kind of ecstatic trance. A bit trippy, a bit poppy, a bit dirty, just as the song itself, the video was shot with old, analogue lenses. A studio set up that matches KADAVAR‘s live performances because in those, in their sound and light show you can also easily lose yourself.
The first video, ‘Pale Blue Eyes’, can be seen on YouTube here:
Lupus Lindemann wrote the song ‘Pale Blue Eyes’ when KADAVAR visited the Salton Sea on their first trip through the United States, playing the stage of the infamous “Range” at the Slab City Prom 2013. Slab City or “The Slabs” is a snowbird campsite in the Californian Sonora Desert 156 miles northeast of San Diego, where RV-people, outlaws and squatters from across North America formed a wild and lawless “city” from debris around the famous and colorful Salvation Mountain built by Leonard Knight in the 1980s.
There are no rules in the slabs (besides “Don’t be an asshole”) and during one of those memorable Slab City nights, the KADAVAR guys found themselves dancing around the fire alongside this wild desert bunch, dressed in discarded ball-gowns, and watching the sunrise from atop the salvation mountain. This song, an ode about “a mysterious lady with pale blue eyes”, is actually about cross-dressing drummer Tiger in his purple dress, looking so fine.
For the first video release of this visual album, Nathini van der Meer traveled back into the desert to find a real Slab City original – Mopard the Wizard of East Jesus – whom she followed on one of his walks through the desert.
The Berlin track list racks up as follows:
01. Lord Of The Sky
02. Last Living Dinosaur
03. Thousand Miles Away From Home
04. Filthy Illusion
05. Pale Blue Eyes
06. Stolen Dreams
07. The Old Man
08. Spanish Wild Rose
09. See The World With Your Own Eyes
10. Circles In My Mind
11. Into The Night
12. Reich der Träume (Nico cover)
Drummer Tiger commented: “About ten years ago, when we – independently of one another – moved to Berlin, we just wanted to break free from home and do something new. I thought it was comfortable, to blend in and just live from day to day. A lot of very long nights and so many completely different people at one place. Where there are opposites you can always ground yourself. We’re all different, come from different places but have managed to create something together we all like. I think the Berlin lifestyle has influenced our band very much and therefore fits perfectly as the album’s title.”
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