Organ Thing of The Day, a quick one today for we are busy with Self, a quick one but a fine one all the same, a fine thing indeed. Visionist has shared the video for ‘Form’, the latest track to be taken from his forthcoming album, A Call To Arms, out on Mute on 5 March 2021.
Visionist has shared the video for ‘Form’, the latest track to be taken from his forthcoming album, A Call To Arms, out on Mute on 5 March 2021. The new album is the first time Visionist’s singing voice, in the form of song and lyric, has been heard and on ‘Form’, vocals are shared with the opera singer Lisa E. Harris and Wu-lu joins on guitar.
Multi-disciplinary artist Arcin Sagdic, who directed the video for ‘Form’, explains their collaboration, “We had an exchange about ideas and visions on a regular basis that brought us all the way to this outcome. The work-flow with Visionist was very natural and easy for me, I felt very comfortable doing the clip for such an amazingly atmospheric, persistent and experimental track.”
Collaborators and guests A Call To Arms include Haley Fohr (Circuit Des Yeux); multimedia artist and opera singer, Lisa E. Harris; experimental multi-instrumentalist K.K. Null; Ben Romans Hopcraft (Childhood); artist and producer Wu-lu; pianist Matthew Bourne; Morgan Simpson (Black Midi) and experimental saxophonist, Ben Vince. Visionist explains, “A lot of the preparation for a song takes place inside my head, I imagine how different instrumentation can come together and this includes voice. Tone is important but mainly I am drawn to storytellers, and how they can relate to my message.”
For Visionist (aka Louis Carnell) each album is a chapter in a bigger storyline. “My music very much reflects how my life has played out,” he explains, and previous album releases (Safe [2015 / PAN] and Value [2017 / Big Dada Recordings]) were seeding the land for A Call To Arms, an album that takes on big themes, in a personal voice. Not in the everyday political sense though. Instead, he builds intimate settings, creating spaces where he can place the shadows of the world’s current crises.
While in the past his work flirted with the dance floor, this time the songs support a brand new sound architecture. “Now that I have done so much, I’m allowing my freedom.” To Visionist the songs on A Call To Arms are made for people who “take time and consider”.
This new record marks a confident moment in Visionist’s life and musical career. “I had to stop taking refuge in the premise of ‘people don’t want to understand me’ and focus on being the best communicator I can be.”