Video of the Week #170: Elvis Perkins – Anonymous

Video of the Week #170: Elvis Perkins – Anonymous


American recording artist Elvis Perkins releases his new album Creation Myths on the 2nd of October through MIR/Petaluma Records. The word new, though, is slightly misleading. The nine tracks that comprise Creation Myths in fact date back to his earliest days as a performer but on this record he has recreated them all for the present day.

The song ‘Anonymous’ brings this truly excellent album to a suitably imperious close. Here it is accompanied by a video shot by director Steven Sebring in New York City just weeks before Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

Speaking earlier in the year about both the song and the video Elvis Perkins said: ‘’Anonymous’ has followed me around for some time now, sort of shadow-like, it seems we know each other quite well and hardly at all. I couldn’t say where all of its melodies came from. Out of some blue, from somewhere and/or ‘someone’ else. I feel this way a bit about Steven Sebring, who I hardly knew when I suddenly knew he was the sole soul to capture the phantasm and sprawl of the song. He is something of a white warlock (in black) it seems to me, with imagery at times liquid, solid and vapor all at once, perfect to approach and approximate form for the subject at hand. We opted out of treatments, plans and the like and just sort of walked unknowingly up to the void and said ‘hello, who and how and what are you?’ It of course only echoed the same in reply.’

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