After already launching the first video (for “Goddess) from their first new album in decades, American Twilight, EB is proud to again present the new video—the second from American Twilight—for Crime & The City Solution’s avant-country ballad “Beyond Good and Evil”. Like “Goddess”, it was directed and filmed by Danielle de Picciotto, who is also the newest addition to the group. As the titles say, the original Berlin era members of Crime & The City Solution—Simon Bonney, Bronwyn Adams and Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten)—are now joined by David Eugene Edwards (16 Horsepower, Wovenhand), Jim White (Dirty 3, Cat Power), Troy Gregory (Witches), and Matthew Smith (Outrageous Cherry, Volebeats). Read our brief chat with the director and watch the video below:
How did you come up with the idea of using animation mixed with filmed footage and why?
I wanted to give the video a feeling of magic and layered realities. Mixing the filmed footage with drawings made it possible to add a more symbolic nuance to the story.
Are the figures you used reminiscent of something?
It is a fairytale…
All the new Crime tracks have an accompanying video. Why now?
Simon asked me to become a member of the band because it has always been an dream of his to have a visual artist participating in Crime & The City Solution. As I am an interdisciplinary artist and also work with music it was a perfect match. During the recordings, I not only sang the background vocals with Bronwyn but spent months filming the band and creating visuals to show on stage during the concerts. Then I started making the music videos from all of these images. These are the clips we have been releasing and they add the special touch to the bands image which Simon had hoped for.~
Crime & The City Solution’s American Twilight was released in March, 2013, via Mute Records.
Published June 14, 2013.