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CASPAR LEOPARD RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘IS THIS REAL?’
Today, Caspar Leopard, the multi-talented, London based composer, producer and filmmaker releases the music video for his latest single ‘Is This Real?’.
Following on from his debut EP ‘Restoration’, which saw Leopard create a series of self-directed videos to accompany the release, Caspar returns with a new stop-motion animation for ‘Is This Real?’. The video is a collaboration between Leopard and ex-Ardmann animator/director Stefano Cassini (Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromet, Time Burton’s ‘Corpse Bride’). Set in a vast desert landscape, the surreal film follows a solitary creature’s journey trying to find form and meaning in a big and lonely world.
Speaking about the collaboration Caspar said: We had both been wanting to make a film together for a while but were waiting for the right project. When I wrote ‘Is This Real?’ it occurred to me that stop-motion animation would be the perfect medium to explore the songs theme of questioning reality. The video is co-written and produced by Leopard and Cassini, and directed and animated by Stefano Cassini in his studio in Nairobi, Kenya.
Speaking about the track Caspar said: ‘Is This Real?’ is about looking for answers to the ‘Big Questions’- it’s about the struggle to figure out who you are and what you want, the endless mystery involved with simply existing, the repetitive cycles we all get trapped in and the dreams we have of breaking out….but the song is actually pretty laid back, which is probably my subconscious telling me to stop taking it all so seriously and to sit back and enjoy the ride.
The ‘Big Questions’ are a reoccurring theme throughout Leopard’s work, but in contrast to the more sombre and introspective previous releases ‘Expire Pt. I‘ and ‘Son Of The Morning’, new single ‘Is This Real?’ holds a more unifying positive tone. The journey starts with an enticing blend of synths; hypnotic guitars slowly gather momentum and horns usher us towards a euphoric climax. While Leopard’s saturated and dislocated vocals lead us away from the ‘Real’ and into a surreal dream, underneath his voice the song’s live organic feel gently reminds us that we still have one foot in reality.
Winning ‘Best Score’ at the Global Lift-Off Film Awards in January 2018, set the year off on the right foot for Leopard. Since then, he has been busy composing scores for various TV and film projects including the new Channel 4 TV drama ‘Through The Gates’. Meanwhile, Caspar continues to push forwards with his solo music and film work.
The music for ‘Is This Real?’ was produced by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Everything Everything) and recorded at Baltic Studios, London.
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