Julia Holter - "Whether" from 'Aviary', out now on Domino Record Co.
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"When Julia asked me to make a video for Whether, she said that I should 'have fun with it'. I decided to indulge in my love of hand-worked darkroom techniques. Exposing 16mm film prepared with cyanotype solution to the light of the sun on my balcony every afternoon over a couple of weeks, making the work in small pieces, meant that as the fires in Southern California darkened the sky with smoke, my exposures took increasingly long amounts of time to get images ever more faint. Julia wanted me to share this anecdote, since it fits the dystopian theme of the song, which is about the world collapsing around us because of climate change. The video is made in homage to my dear friend and incredible filmmaker Amy Halpern, whose generous films and spirit are a comfort in dark times." - Dicky Bahto
Filmed, printed, and edited by Dicky Bahto
Featuring Julia Holter, with Patrick Londen, Julie Sadowski, and Katoosh Bahto
With many thanks to Chloe Reyes, Andrew Kim, and the Echo Park Film Center
Corey Fogel - drums
Devin Hoff - double bass
Julia Holter - vocals, drum samples, keyboards, background vocals
Dina Maccabee - background vocals
Sarah Belle Reid - trumpet
Tashi Wada - bagpipes
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Fateful fateful weather
whether surfing surf
the withered peels
peels of all dismantled huts
The stunning architecture
fills with wind
Wind wind Exterior laughs any
An inner ear serenity endures
but I hear trivial talk talk to challenge us to
assess our limitations
I’ll keep the sunscreen in mind
Downward folding peaceful
and temporary thoughts about my allergies
in order of importance and
Blue gray firmly like all the toxic dust that lines the clouds
the angels spit down
The fences fall, the bridges crumble to
so that if I hear threatening words that force us all to sustain
those positions I’ll bring my whiskey along
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