Mcvey, DJ Karmil and singers Lolita Moon and Neneh Cherry make up the trans-European band cirKus, and the group's newest video for 'Medicine' examines the smothering and claustrophobic effects of a fledgling relationship.
"It was intended to be a projection as part of a gig cirKus did at the Les Nuit Festival," director Ted Says tells Spinner. "We were playing with the idea of how TV works in red, green and blue and somehow this seemed to tie in with old medicine bottles as well. It was a lot of fun making it, so it's very satisfying that it now has an extended life on the smaller screen."
Filmed in an abandoned library, the band bused in Les Nuit attendees, who had no idea where they were going. "The video was Ted Says' idea," Cameron McVey and Neneh Cherry tell Spinner. "He built a giant screen in the entrance to the library which was the first thing that the incoming audience saw on their exit from the bus with a lopped version of the many "talking heads" screening all throughout their stay with us in the library venue. Ted then asked us to stay on for an extra day so that he could develop the idea further and shot each one of us again against a black background miming the words to the 'Medicine' tune. It was pretty surreal being in such a large empty blacked out space with all our senses tweaked by the emotion of the previous week's efforts and the shows of the night before."
The clip features the band members in three colored rows, switching singing duties seemingly at random while the song takes electronic stabs in the dark. Pads of pop noise and glitchy guitar fuzz hover below the smooth vocals of each singer pleading "May the sun come shining through."
CirKus' newest single 'Bells' is available now via Booga Bisquit records.