Squid are a London band well-regarded for their live shows and energetic post-punk that's as inspired by Wire, Television, and free jazz as it is preoccupied with creating something greater than the sum of its influences. On May 7, the group will share its debut album Bright Green Field, and today you can enjoy the bonkers video for Squid's brand new song "Narrator," streaming above.
The "Narrator" clip is directed by Felix Green, and combines live-action footage with 3D animation. “I had wanted to make a video about the virtual creation process for some time,” Green wrote in a press release for the video. “I often think this ‘behind the digital curtain’ part of 3D design looks more interesting than the final finished product since it conveys a process and an authorship. When I was approached to pitch on ‘Narrator’ I immediately thought it could be the perfect match for this very visual idea.”
"Narrator" is inspired by Bi Gan's 2018 film A Long Day's Journey Into Night, the band revealed in a press release. "The song follows a man who is losing the distinction between memory, dream and reality and how you can often mold your memories of people to fit a narrative that benefits your ego. Martha Skye-Murphy made the point that the unreliable narrator is, more often than not, a male who wishes to portray women as submissive characters in their story. After some discussions with Martha she thought it’d be a good idea that she play the part of the woman wanting to break free from the dominating story the male has set.” If you want to better understand what they mean, watch A Long Day's Journey Into Night. It's really great!
Thumbnail photo by Holly Whitaker