BIG NOBLE SHARE ‘OCEAN PICTURE’ TRACK AND VIDEO
FIRST MUSIC VIDEO TO ULTILISE LYTRO ILLUM CAMERA
A COLLABORATION BETWEEN INTERPOL’S DANIEL KESSLER AND SOUND DESIGNER JOSEPH FRAIOLI
DEBUT ALBUM FIRST LIGHT RELEASED 2ND FEBRUARY 2015 ON AFFILIATES SOUND (VIA KOBALT)
Big Noble, an ongoing collaboration between Interpol’s Daniel Kessler and sound designer Joseph Fraioli, have released a new track and video from their debut LP First Light. ‘Ocean Picture’ is the centre-piece of the record, and was premiered by Noisey.
DANIEL KESSLER (speaking to Noisey): “When I imagined what would have been the visual for this song back in the day, I wouldn’t have imagined this. This is what makes it a cool collaboration—when the director interprets your music and sees this. I was imagining something outdoors or in nature and this is his own interpretation of what he heard and what he wanted to execute. What he turned in was far beyond my expectations—it’s such an elegant piece, I was really floored by it.”
DANIEL RYAN (DIRECTOR): “The camera is a Lytro Illum and as far as we know ‘Ocean Picture’ is the first music video to utilize this technology. The process was strenuous, but we felt it was the most compelling way to make a moment frozen in time come to life. The specific moment we captured is a direct homage to a woodcut print called “L’Assassinat” by Felix Vallotton.”
The origins of Big Noble can be traced to New York City in 1999, when Kessler – then label manager for experimental electronic label Caipirinha – met Fraioli upon his signing to the label for his debut album under the alias Datach’i. As the two moved on, Fraioli released ten critically acclaimed albums and founded the company Jafbox Sound, which specializes in providing immersive sound design for advertising and film; Kessler formed the band Interpol, and has released five albums while touring worldwide as their guitarist and songwriter.
‘Stay Gold’ video
In 2008, Fraioli enlisted Kessler to provide source material for a film project. The result bridged Kessler’s unmistakable guitar sounds with Fraioli’s tonal textures in a web of enveloping melancholia, and spawned the formation of Big Noble. Fraioli describes the intentions of Big Noble as “immersive and perspective-changing…sonically a lot of the arrangements feel technically vast, but there’s an intimacy that I hope listeners will find addictive to escape within.”
First Light tracklisting