HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR ** Omnion – the video – online today **
Autumn tour dates announced
The title track of Hercules & Love Affair’s forthcoming album ‘Omnion’ is “an appeal to the divine for help and healing”, explains Andy Butler.
Featuring a sublime vocal from Sharon Van Etten, ‘Omnion’ is indicative of the album. Eleven songs that sparkle with faith and tolerance for our troubled times.
Directing the accompanying video, Crown & Owls have delivered a simple yet striking interpretation and one that draws timely parallels with The Handmaid’s Tale in its colour palette and aesthetic.
James Adair from Crowns & Owls says: “The Omnion video is an exploration of the nuances of gender and sexuality. A story of rebirth, the video follows a lone figure in red ascending a seemingly infinite staircase. Perspective play, scale and negative space is used to reflect the complexity of identity. It was a pleasure to work so closely with Andy and draw on his love of the theatrical set design of Robert Wilson and combine it with our interest in minimalism and surrealism.”
Andy Butler also comments: “Crowns and Owls have created a rich cinematic video for ‘Omnion’ a song really dear to my heart. It has such splendour due to intense set builds and carefully considered casting and styling by the amazing Anna Pesonin. The timeless story of a spirit reborn is told in an original and nuanced way, with an opaqueness and mystery that’s in contrast to the heavy handedness by which so much of pop culture is often relayed.”
The video is premiered today on Dazed Digital – https://Hercules.lnk.to/OmnionVideoPR
Omnion is the second single from the forthcoming album released on mr.intl/Skint/BMG on September 1st. Butler and regular collaborators Rouge Mary and Gustaph are joined by a world class cast of singers including The Horrors’ Faris Badwan, the Arab World’s most influential indie band Mashrou’ Leila, Sharon Van Etten, and Icelandic sister act Sísý Ey. Having had “a massive, massive relationship with drugs and clubs” since his youth, culminating in “a brutal drug addiction that saw me overdosed in hospital every weekend”, ButIer has been clean for four years and ‘Omnion’ is rich with his re-immersion in the wider world, in all its ugliness and beauty.
Following festival appearances this summer Hercules & Love Affair bring their visually spectacular stage show – “A feast for the eyes” Creative Review – to venues across Europe this Autumn including Shepherds Bush Empire on December 12th. Tickets are on sale from Friday 21st July from http://gigst.rs/Herc
Omnion European Tour
10th– Metropop Festival, Lausanne, Switzerland
15th – Sala But, MADRID, Spain
16TH – Sala Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
17th – Lux Fragil, Lisbon, Portugal
25th – Smolna, Warsaw, Poland
30th – Kesslehaus, Berlin, Germany
1st – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
6th – Santeria, Milan, Italy
7th – Locomotiv, Bologna, Italy
8th – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
JULY: 17th – Milano Summer Festival, Italy [supporting Arcade Fire]; 18th – Firenze Summer Festival, Florence [supporting Arcade Fire]; 21st – TimeShift Festival, Romania ; 22nd – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield (UK) [Andy Butler DJ set] AUGUST: 11th – Houghton Festival, Kings Lynn (UK); 13th – Boomtown Festival, Winchester [UK] (Andy Butler DJ set); 25th – Rock en Seine, Paris (France); 27th – Stephenson Works, Newcastle (UK)
SEPTEMBER: 1st – Into the Great Wide Open, Vlieland (Netherlands); 9th – Festival No. 6, Portmeirion (Wales); 16th – Kutxa Kultur Festival, San Sebastian (Spain); OCTOBER: 19th – ADE at Paradiso, Amsterdam (Netherlands) NOVEMBER: