Sunday, August 12, 2007

Burn My Shadow - Unkle

July 2007 Edition – Track 15
Album: War Stories (sample/purchase)
Label: Surrender All
Release date: 7/24/07

James Lavelle's (Unkle) splintered media persona has made his project pretty undefinable. The previous work has been categorized as trip-hop, fusing dance, hip-hop and electronic music ; however, Unkle's third effort, War Stories, seems like a more of a rock project, recorded at the dessert sessions studio Rancho de la luna in Joshua Tree with production assistance from Chris Goss. Like Unkle's ancestors, War Stories features a rich lineup of new and old guests; Queen of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Autolux, Massive Attack's 3D, The Duke Spirit, and Clayhill's Gavin Clark. The FoundTrack has featured the Unkle single, "Burn My Shadow" including the dark vocals of the Cult's Ian Astbury and Twiggy Ramirez (NIN,Marilyn Manson)on bass.

"The video is an edited version of a dark five-minute short film featuring a man who wakes to find himself embedded with what might be a time-bomb. It was masterfully directed by Miguel Sapochnik (IMDB: initially an "art department runner" on Trainspotting) and features actor Goran Visjnic (from the television show "ER") in the starring role. According to recent press, the video was banned by some TV and video channels; watch the video to see why."

Here are links to two of Unkle's legendary videos:
Eye for an Eye - award winner at the Edinburgh International Film Festival
Rabbit in Your Headlights - Won the MVPA's Best International Video of the Year Award in 1999. In 2006, Stylus Magazine ranked it number one on their list of the Top 100 Music Videos of All Time (Wikipedia)

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