Wonderland premieres the self-funded, self-styled new video from the Grammy-Award-Winning Swedish Popstrel, ahead of the release of upcoming album Highwire Poetry.
Our preview copy of Karin Park’sHighwire Poetry has been well worn: the production’s involving, the tunes are catchy, and Park’s Björk-y vocals send just the right amount of shiver down the spine. We’re thrilled, therefore, to be premiering her new video for “Restless”, which she tells us all about below.
We understand you shot and styled the entire video for Restless. What was your vision for the video?
Everything is shot in my house and garden in Sweden and the scenes from the road is where I walk every day. I was heavily involved in most parts of the video but we were a lot of people who worked hard together. My best friend Olle Lundin directed it and a lot of my friends and family were there to help out with lights, make up, food….there were so many things. The initial idea was to hang out, party and make something creative and fun together in my home town and the budget was close to nothing but I really like the result. The first scenes when I walk up the aisle in the church is shot while the rest of my family is having an Easter party in the next room. I built the synthesizer I play on in the video out of old rusty pipes from my plummer-neighbor and his brother is the older man watching us from the window in the video. The drum set was made out of junk that me and my brother David collected from nearby houses so it’s all very local.
What was it like being involved in both the performing and production?
It was hard work, but very inspiring too. I like to build stuff, come up with ideas and do my own styling but I slept a good 12 hours when we were done. I’m just about to edit a little behind the scenes film so maybe you can check that out when I’m done.
Do you have any prior experience in film making?
Not really. I’ve been an actor in a horror movie but never behind the camera.
Will you continue to be involved with the production of any of your upcoming videos?
I can’t say I have a natural talent for pictures. I am very much a musician. But I’m very stubborn and focused when I come up with an idea that I can’t shake off so it had to be done. Maybe me and Olle will do more together. I make music for his films some times.
Your music has been described as ‘industrial pop’, what are your influences?
Einstürzende Neubauten, Fad Gadget and Depeche mode. Burial, Death in June and Captain Beefheart needs to be mentioned too.
Your debut album, Highwire Poetry, is to be released later this month. What can we expect from it?
Potent beats and raw heavy bass made in to pop songs that flirts with both avant garde, 80s electro and a little dubstep. It feels like a record I always wanted to make.
What does the rest of 2012 have in store for you?
I love to play live so I’m going to take the album and my drummer-brother David on the road and make sure we get to be creative, see new places, eat good food, meet beautiful people and have a good time.
Words: Eleanor Mackay