Taken from the album “Black Bay” by Silver Moth, released 21st April 2023 via Bella Union.
A leap of faith reaps extraordinary rewards on Black Bay, an album of depth, atmosphere and daring from the collective known as Silver Moth. Recorded under unusual circumstances, Black Bay is the sound of seven storied musicians yielding to shared goals, a policy of trust in action. Between hushed incantations and molten guitars, 15-minute noise-rock epics and healing psalms, the record is a testament to connectivity and receptivity: to a union of disparate minds committing to something greater than the sum of its parts.
Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai, Elisabeth Elektra, Evi Vine, Steven Hill, members of Abrasive Trees, Burning House and Prosthetic Head convened to improvise the album in early 2021, inspired by a Twitter exchange between Abrasive Trees guitarist/songwriter Matthew Rochford, musician Elisabeth Elektra and fellow artist Nick Hudson about the Isle of Lewis. A couple of Zoom meetings would subsequently lead to Rochford, Elektra, Vine, Braithwaite, Hill, drummer Ash Babb and cellist Ben Roberts visiting the dramatic location of Great Bernera’s Black Bay Studios on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, where they tracked the songs in just four days: a testament to the musicians’ focused openness to their shared mission and environment.
Commenting on the video, vocalist and musician Elisabeth Elektra says: “When director Stuart Alexander and I were discussing the video for The Eternal we kept coming back to idea of the cyclical nature of life. When I was writing The Eternal it was very soon after my dear friend Alanna had died. Stuart Alexander asked me a lot about Alanna, and felt he really got to know her through our conversations. He then came up with the beautiful idea of a surrealistic interpretation of someone’s life flashing before their eyes, culminating in rebirth. We were really honoured that Kate Dickie was up for playing the lead role in the video as we are all big fans of her work. Kate did an incredible job alongside several other fantastically talented Scottish actors. The weather on shoot day was typically Scottish, wild and unpleasant, but everyone was so up for it, accommodating and positive about the project and the meaning behind it. Which we are all very grateful for. Alanna loved wild and stormy beach weather so I’m certain she was there, amused by the chaos of the shoot. I hope she would have loved the resulting video as much as we do.”
Stuart Alexander adds: “It’s always hard memorializing someone in a video, especially someone as unique as I’m told Alanna was. Wherever she is, I hope she got a laugh watching us trying to film during a storm. Kate Dickie signed herself up for a gruelling shoot with heaps of curiosity and compassion for the subject matter. She’s one of the finest actors alive and a wonderful human being.”