Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog showcases Wide Open Plain
December 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
Like Beyoncé, indie-pop band Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden decided to make a video for every song on their new album, “The Shape the Color the Feel.” While Beyoncé wanted to illustrate her own vision of what the songs meant, though, Tucker and Co. took the opposite approach and opened them up to interpretation by bringing in different directors for each clip. The Nashville group today premieres the latest of their videos, “Wide Open Plain,” today on Speakeasy.
“I wanted people to see the songs the way they see them, and to illustrate that point and take it even further, I’m going to let these other people take control of it and do what they want and not be involved in it unless they want me to be in it,” Tucker says.
Directed by Miriam Bennett (who is also working with Tucker on a documentary about the album), the video for “Wide Open Plain” features a chiseled male dancer executing precise, artful steps in time to the punchy beat and bright, crackling guitars, interspersed with shots of the band performing the song. It’s a long way from Tucker’s inspiration for the tune: she wrote it with guitarist Wes Chandler after watching the movies “Paris, Texas,” and “Lost Highway,” which she lists among her favorite films.
“I started thinking about space and the moon being connected to the tides and the way the universe can look like this big wide open plain, and then the ocean can look like the edge, the end, so you need to turn around and drive,” she says.
Tucker and the Sons of Sweden funded “The Shape the Color the Feel” with a Kickstarter campaign that exceeded their $20,000 goal by more than $1,000. The album is Tucker’s second as part of the Sons of Sweden, though the rest of the lineup turned over after a hiatus between 2009-2013 while she recorded a solo release, starred in the movie “Everything Went Down” and relocated from Seattle to Nashville. Cementing the band’s resurrection with what they described as a “collaborative record and films” was an unorthodox move, Tucker says.
“It’s a branding disaster,” she says with a laugh. “We’re a young band, pretty much unknown, and we were like ‘Here’s our album, and we look different in all of the videos.’”
Still, she’s pleased with the result. “To be honest, I was pretty much floored at the beauty of everything that came out,” she says. “Most of them, I wouldn’t have done that way, but that’s the beauty of it.”
Tucker and the Sons of Sweden released “The Shape the Color the Feel” earlier this year on her Red Valise Records. What do you think of the video for “Wide Open Plain?” Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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