Sat in his apartment in Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, musician Heinali composed his latest album Anthem over the last few years, using both analog synths—Korg, Moog—and software like SoundHack and AudioMulch. Heinali used the synths to program sequences which he would then leave in a room playing by themselves. He would then come back to them, making changes before recording.
It was a technique that informed the ambient entrancement of new song "Anthracite," taken from the album. "[It's] basically a sequence on KORG Volca Keys." Heinali tells Creators. "It's just a few chords, repeating over and over again, there's no harmonic or melodic development. It's a timbral development instead—it becomes darker or brighter, fuller or thinner, more or less powerful. Like some landscapes that could look almost indistinguishable for a long, long time (while riding a train, for example), as their form stays the same, but if you pay attention closely to the texture, they become alive."
This idea of landscape is what's picked up on in the music video directed by Helen Plumb. Macro shots of colored bubbles are juxtaposed with shots of serene British hillsides, the ancient chalk South Downs. The camera pans over them, turning them almost abstract, taking you on a tranquil journey. Perfect to zone out to and soak up for a few replenishing moments.
Plumb shot the footage in the early morning, the sun's rays just catching the tops of the trees. This strange, almost mystical time is juxtaposed with subtle geometric forms that appear alien yet compatible with the landscape.
"The time of day and the stillness of the environment changes the way we see it," Plumb explains. "The dramatic chord changes are reflected in the stark and uplifting extremes of the scenes. In contrast to the stillness and quiet there are injections of artificial color and movement. The scenes change from vast slow-moving [land]scapes that give you time to take in the small features: etched man made paths and the rough terrain to macro shots of ink bubbles where color and softness are prevalent. The animated elements are embedded into the scene to frame the space in new ways."
Check out the video below.