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video premiere: Zen Mantra – Remember You At All


You might recognize “Remember You At All” as one of the dreamiest (and best) tracks on the stellar new Yumi Zouma record Yoncalla, but it was originally written by the group’s Sam Perry for his solo project Zen Mantra. The Zen Mantra version is decidedly more psychedelic and warped, and the ghostly, The Fog-inspired new video, directed by Ben Dodd, Frances Carter, Sam Perry, & Lily McRae, perfectly complements the song’s eerie, distant vibe. Sam tells us about the concept for the vid:

“I kept thinking: ‘if Sergio Leone and Carpenter had come together to shoot some bratty indie rock band’s video, that’s what I’d want it to look like, some young band cast in a low budget spaghetti western horror.’ I’d just watched The Fog for maybe the fourth time – perhaps that comes across.

The whole shooting process was pretty silly. I believe that the long dance sequence during my obnoxious guitar solo was filmed during a competition between my friends and I to see who could best mirror Michael Stipe’s dance moves in R.E.M’s ‘Losing My Religion Video’. A lot of red wine was involved – we basically built the atmosphere we wanted in the room, turned on the camera, blasted the song (among others, including a lot of The Birthday Party) and saw what happened, but Banjo Patterson’s ghost was definitely there whispering in my ear.”

Zen Mantra’s debut LP is out now on Flying Nun.



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