Today Jaye Bartell gives us his new video for the recent “Slow Going”. Bartell explains the video “is a shot-for-shot remake of a scene from Meshes of the Afternoon by Maya Deren and Alexander Hamid, drastically slowed down. Although there’s a reference to the film title in the lyrics to the song, the correlations between the song and the film are mostly accidental or unintended, but the relationship is there — a happy sympathy.”
Bartell works Sundays at the great Anthology Film Archives in New York, where much of Deren’s materials and archives are held, and one of the theaters is named after her. “I’ve been reading interviews and essays by Deren from a critical monograph Anthology published some time ago called The Legend of Maya Deren, so I think her ecstatic sensibility and brilliant image-language informed the lyrics.”
Jaye continues, “We filmed the whole thing in our apartment, including the mirror-smashing scene, which caused some minor blood shed, and the last scene in the early morning at Rockaway Beach/Fort Tilden. John Christon’s crazy terrific camerawork and Erin Kennedy’s wonderful oversight, acting, and editing made it all be.”
Watch “Slow Going” on YouTube
Jaye Bartell’s latest 7″ is now available now via Sinderlyn. Side A’s “Dance With Me” features vocals by Angel Olsen followed by Side B’s “Slow Going“. The single is the follow up to Jaye Bartell’s 2016 long-player Light Enough, also on Sinderlyn. After several years of moving, Bartell moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2013. It was there, in his bedroom he’s described the size of a fish tank, he wrote Light Enough. At the time he noted “Resettlement is an implicit theme in much of the writing, and the process of making the album itself was an act of resettlement, finding out where I lived as a means of coming to live there.”
Originally from from Massachusetts, Jaye Bartell laid the groundwork for his music career after relocating to Asheville, NC in the early 2000’s. He has since released 3 albums and toured the world.