July 10, 2024

London trio Decommissioned Forests share sci-fi-inspired video ‘Black River Falls’

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The London-based ‘outsider’ electronic trio Decommissioned Forests return with a new video for “Black River Falls” which is the first track to be shared from their forthcoming third album, “Chemistry”. The presales for the “Chemistry” album are available from Bandcamp now.

As with the rest of the Chemistry album, the song was arranged, engineered, and produced by the group’s primary instrumentalist, Daniel Vincent. 

Vocalist Max Rael, who also stars as the video’s protagonist, says: “One of the themes of the album is this kind of non-linear journey or exploration that’s going forwards as well as backwards. The original idea for the ‘Black River Falls’ lyric was inspired by the 1999 film Wisconsin Death Trip directed by James Marsh. It’s a song that’s looking for answers in a world where solutions are scarce and seldom to be relied upon. Could acceptance of ourselves and our history, without collapse, be a way backwards to go

The video was directed by electronics wizard and visual artist, Howard Gardner and acts as a sequel to his earlier award-winning short film for the track “A Comforting Uncertainty”.  Howard describes the original idea for the video as being about: “… the unnamed protagonist from the first film, returning to face a series of cruel challenges, and this eventually morphed into a bleak tale of him being tormented by robotic prison guards. ‘Black River Falls’ is a much shorter, faster paced song than its predecessor, and I had to tell the visual story in a somewhat different pace in order to fit around that, but in the end, we arrived at a video that I’m especially proud of.”

Earlier this year, Decommissioned Forests also released a retrospective promo-sampler titled “Dream Technicians”, free to download from Bandcamp: a great introduction for listeners new to the project.

Forthcoming Decommissioned Forests UK live dates:

  • 9 October 2023 – Skronktronic, New River Studios, North London, UK
  • 13 October 2023 – Post-Plague, Poco Loco, Chatham, UK
  • More tbc
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Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

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