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Reichenbach Falls introduce the new video for their single Stay Home

Reichenbach Falls have produced another beautiful video, with a little help from actress Hannah Bristow and set designer Anouska Lester.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Stay Home, Elizabeth by EdieOP

Stay Home, Elizabeth by EdieOP.

Abe Davies from Reichenbach Falls introduces the new video for current single Risky, taken from the album Reports of Snow, which we covered last year here

This was always the song that I wanted as the single from Reports of Snow. Eventually we ended up putting Risky out first, with its own video, because everybody thought it was a little poppier, but this was always the one for me. When I wrote Stay Home it was a dark little folk song, but by the time we got around to the recording stage we’d decided it kind of had the heart of a rocker, so there’s something in there for everybody, hopefully. It’s also the song that, for better or for worse, is kind of the centrepiece of the record and is the most direct expression of it. So there’s that. 

Ben Johnston had devised and directed the Risky video, and having been really impressed by that video I wanted (purely selfishly) him to make a video that I could actually enjoy – i.e., without me in it. He came up with the idea of taking what is quintessentially a break-up song but doing the video from the other party’s perspective, with this ‘Hook’ or Terry Gilliam or even Magical Realist-esque aspect to it, where it starts out pretty realistic but by the end the girl’s in this kind of woodlands fantasia. Then he got Griffith Rees involved, who does a lot of directing work in the theatre here in Oxford, and Griff knew Hannah Bristow (the actress) and Anouska Lester (set-designer).

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Although it took a couple of months to actually schedule the days in to make the video, it was kind of amazing how quickly it all came together – two days of actual shooting plus change, really. Though it felt like a lot longer when we were out there in the freezing cold woods in the bleak midwinter – and I wasn’t even there for the entire shoot! The next Reichenbach Falls EP is going to come out in the summer, so hopefully we’ll get a chance next time to make a video and catch some sun at the same time…

Reports of Snow by Reichenbach Falls was released on 2nd December 2013 through Observatory Records.

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