Still Corners: If You're Not Mad, You're Not in Love
This week in our music video column we continue our exchange program with the unbeatable Mick Cullen of Subterranean Radio who keeps his finger so tightly on the pulse of stellar underground tunes that we always ask him for new ones whenever our supply runs low. He suggested an incredible psychedelic experience by UK band Still Corners for us to present to you.
The song is "Cuckoo" from the band's latest 7". They've put out a flawless stream of ethereal albums and ghostly singles since 2008, and "Cuckoo" is just the latest fever dream to willingly fall into. Tessa Murray's voice may be the most convincing proof of an afterlife there is as we are fully convinced she is the ghost of Ellie Goulding being transmitted back into time from her death far in the future.
Despite its elegiac qualities, it's a bit more danceable than other Still Corners tracks. Not ghost dancer danceable, but actual danceable, and the perfect comedown from a night to regret and cherish. The video itself has a nice trippin'-at-the-nightclub vibe. Not that we'd know, no one will give us hallucinogens and it's probably for the best.
However, we've spent more than a few nights off to the side while the bodies writhe and the lights played across their leather and make-up. With just the right beat and state of mind you can feel the whole bacchanal turn from frenzied to languid, and time slows down enough for you to fully appreciate the courtships and releases moving in and out of the strobes and refractions.
"Cuckoo" is that mind-bending experience made into a simple, beautiful reality. True, it's neither the most groundbreaking thing we've ever seen in the medium, nor is it even much of an evolution of the band's music from previous releases, but what they do they do with exquisite beauty and haunting honesty. Check it out below.
We sat down with Greg Hughes of Still Corners to ask him a bit about "Cuckoo." Continue on to page two for the interview.
Rocks Off: Is this about love itself being mad or just about mad people in love?
Greg Hughes: Italians have a saying that goes, "If you're not crazy, you're not in love." This song is about how love can make you feel like you're going nuts.
RO: Much of the video has a kind of Lynchian dream quality. Does this take place inside a dream?
GH: It's all a dream within a dream.
RO: There's a lot of sexual charge, faces almost at kissing distance, caressing necks in the video. It makes us think of the way ancient Greeks equated passion to insanity. Do you think the two are related?
GH: Yes there's passion at play in the video and that's wrapped up in the crazy feeling of falling in love, it can often border on obsession.
RO: Is this the sort of thing you visualized when you wrote the song?
GH: I didn't have a distinct image in my head initially. I work more with how the song makes me feel at first, whether it moves me emotionally. When it was finished I felt like it evoked some powerful images of love and passion.
"Cuckoo" is available from Sub Pop Records.