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On February 2nd The New Spring releases the album “Wholly Wholly” via Tambourhinoceros Records. A new song from it is out – and it is accompanied by a video made by the Danish artist Nanna Rosenfeldt-Olsen.
The song is the sixth track on Bastian Kallesøe’s fourth album as The New Spring. An album where Bastian in a relaxed, yet certain, way guides the listener through everyday trivialities, existential matters and questions of mortality. On “There Is No Life on Other Planets” all these themes are in play, which is clearly reflected in the music video. The video is made by fast-moving Danish artist Nanna Rosenfeldt-Olsen who studies at The Art Institute of Chicago. She found inspiration for the video in her new everyday life in a foreign city: “I was biking around Chicago listening to Bastian’s song. The feeling of loneliness while being surrounded by all the movements and lights in a big city – something happened when this was juxtaposed to the barren planets in Bastian’s lyrics. It resonated with the beauty of moving in a foreign space alone and noticing small things in my new everyday life”, Nanna says and further elaborates on the video’s shift between Chicago and Copenhagen: “I mixed the components of the plants from the Botanical garden in Copenhagen and Bastian’s presence by cutting back and forth from the VHS footage from Copenhagen and the digital footage from Chicago. I wanted it to feel like travelling through time and space – like the two places were speaking to each other.”
“Wholly Wholly” is Bastian’s most ambitious album so far. The record, that is produced by Jens Ramon Murga, has been two years in the making and for the first time Bastian has recruited a full band for the recordings. The combination of their contribution and Bastian’s still more impressive and characteristic songwriting makes for an experimental folk pop album full of strong and convincing melodies that aim to please as well as challenge the listener.