If it weren’t for the existence of Radiohead, James Blake’s “I Need a Forest Fire” would’ve been our favorite song of last week. The track from The Colour In Anything, which features Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, dazzles with its looping samples and delicate vocal performances. Now, it’s been paired with an equally simple yet alluring video.
The clip uses the plain notion of a swinging light as the catalyst for some stunning art. As the light moves in a circle, shadows and highlights alternatively mask and reveal hidden new characteristics of the objects and settings around it. The video was directed by Matt Clark in collaboration with Chris Davenport, both of United Visual Artists, the same company that will be designing Blake’s upcoming live shows. Those dates include sold out gigs in London, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as festival appearances at Splendour in the Grass, Glastonbury, Eaux Claires, and Lollapalooza Berlin.
For a preview of the type of visual wonders you’ll be able to see when Blake takes the stage later this year, check out the “I Need a Forest Fire” video above.