The Vienna-based post-metal band BOG present their first official music video of the song ‘Fellow Traveller’ of their debut-album Unshriven, which was released on June 24.
With Unshriven, songwriter Tim Primbs memorialises a young, seriously ill woman he met in the last weeks of her life. Unshriven is a concept album, or, more precisely, a station album: 11 tracks shape 11 stations. Two parallel levels (reality and metaphor) tell the stories of two travellers. The first level reveals the story of the 17-year-old, seriously ill girl. The second level is the accompanying metaphor: it tells of Sputnik’s journey through colours, emptiness and darkness, of its homesickness and its attempt to return home.
The visual design of the video (camera by Jörg Varga / editing by Tim Primbs) is based on the story of the album Unshriven and of the 6th “chapter” of the story (‘Fellow Traveller’). (see the extract from the booklet below)
The video reveals an endless play of sharp and blurred images with a distorted perspective that develops an internal space – a heterotopia – that reminds the viewer of being in a bad dream. The process of dying is presented as a level “inbetween”. Images of outer space (“the promise of something that’s beneath the clouds – my mind is twisting as I touch the gloom”), continuous changes of darkness and light (“dead frequencies call me to come home”) and interference (“solar waves welcome me as their fellow traveller”) portray the lyrics visually. The band members turn into stars and lights of the firmament before burning up as sparks in the sky. The sea and its inhabitants – jellyfish, sea anemones and seagulls – are the basic motifs that reinforce the feeling of a nightmare: the water stands for the subconscious and the jellyfish represents the intangible and inescapable danger.
6th “station” – Fellow Traveller [extract from the booklet]:
6. Fellow Traveller (08.19)
dreams / frequencies / wander / dark matter
After all the medical examinations Evas mood lightened up. She talked more and more about herself dying. She took a positive view of her death, even though everybody assured her that she could beat cancer. She dreamed of being away in a place that she couldn’t describe. She dreamed of a kind of star or satellite wandering through time and space. In these dreams she didn’t have a physical body. She touched dark matter and saw it vanish at the same moment. She started picturing herself wandering through the universe like Sputnik did, emitting a constant peeping sound. She had the feeling of being contacted by frequent waves that welcomed her.