With his new album Strange Dance due out 24th February via Bella Union, from which he last month shared a video for lead track “Check For Signs Of Life”, today Philip Selway shares a captivating follow-up video for his new single and LP highlight “Picking Up Pieces”.
Driven by a motoric pulse alongside the guitar work of Portishead’s Adrian Utley, supplemented by distinctive string arrangements, the track beautifully exemplifies the expansive and cinematic sound that Selway has forged on his new record. Watch the video here:
This video is the second in a series for Selway’s forthcoming album and is again directed by William Williamson, with cinematography by award-winning DOP Adric Watson. The video for ‘Picking Up Pieces’ continues the story begun with the video for ‘Check for Signs of Life’ and features the same quartet of iconic dancers - Siobhan Davies, Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp, Liam Francis and Simone Davies - with the piece also choreographed by Liam and Simone. Produced by Uncommon Creative Studio, ‘Picking Up Pieces’ is filmed as a one shot, on 16mm, and features a spinning camera movement designed to mimic the lyrics.
Commenting on the track Selway says: “Picking Up Pieces is a song about the masking that we do when we’re young adults. It’s a time of life when your sense of identity can feel shaky, you can feel anxious about making the grade, and life can feel that it’s spinning out of control, but you try to hide this from everyone.”