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Bonobo: ‘No Reason’

After the beautiful video for ‘Break Apart’, Bonobo’s second track from his recently released sixth studio album “Migration” (Ninja Tune), SEEN is excited to announce that Bonobo has shared his video for ‘No Reason’, featuring vocals by longtime friend (and collaborator) Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker), with filmmaker Oscar Hudson directing the bizarre trip featured in the video.

Premiered via Creators Project, the work seems to be more arthouse in tone, than a music video. It takes subtle cues from such iconic films as Alice in Wonderland & Birdman as its character grows larger inside a Japanese house, where items shrink and expand through time. The video fits neatly into the album’s themes of our transitory relationships to place and time, already seen with Art Director Neil Krug’s distorted realities in the Mojave Desert, for the art and ‘Break Apart’ video.

Oscar Hudson said: “‘No Reason’ is such an evocative track and it was clear from the start that our video would need to reflect this potency. Simon/Bonobo mentioned that the inspiration behind the new album came from his relationship to landscape and place whilst on tour. Whilst researching these themes I learnt about the Japanese phenomenon of the Hikikomori – young Japanese people who become so overwhelmed by the pressures of life that they retreat to their bedrooms for years at a time. This felt like such a fascinating intersection of physical & psychological spaces, and so from this I set out to make a film that through an inventive physical concept tried to link environment directly to psychology. We achieved the film using only in-camera physical effects and we designed an entirely new way of moving our miniature camera to get it to fit through the tiny doorways. Doing this film with CGI would have been a thousand times easier, but for me, it’s physicality & imperfections are what make it different, and I hope better.”

Bonobo headlines Brixton Academy on 25th and 26th February as part of his 2017 Migration International Live Tour.

Watch the ‘No Reason’ video here.


Photography Neil Krug