Sleepless in Mumbai

Pentagram strips down the basics of black and white for its latest video,titled Nocturne

Written by Anjali Jhangiani KP | Published: April 25, 2013 3:17 am

Pentagram strips down the basics of black and white for its latest video,titled Nocturne

Their fourth studio album Bloodywood released over two years ago. What could have possibly made the band Pentagram release a video for a song in the album now? “Impulse,and the need for perfection in every aspect,” says guitarist Randolph Correia. Shot in black and white,and often moving into a slow-motion mode,the video has the four members of the Mumbai-based band trapped inside a transparent glass light bulb as they sing about sleepless nights in the city.

“Nocturne is a multi-layered video in the sense that the song is about insomnia,but it’s also about the noise that we carry around within us,because we’re from here (Mumbai),” says Vishal Dadlani,the band’s frontman. He also explains that the hyper slow-motion,which the video delves into from time to time,showcases the disorientation affecting a person who lives through the turmoil of the city.

Being trapped inside a light bulb depicts the feeling of being caged,but that’s not all that the band wishes to portray. “We chose the light bulb to show that even if we are caged within it,there is a light that emanates from within. It’s almost like a voyeuristic experience. The video ends with the concept of us meeting the light,like moths and other nocturnal creatures finally meet the light that they’re chasing,” adds Dadlani.

After the animated video for Lovedrug Climbdown and the manic visarjan video for Tomorrow’s Decided,this is the third video from Bloodywood. Directed by acclaimed ad-film director and the band’s drummer Shiraz Bhattacharya,the video was shot at Mehboob Studios in Bandra. The fourth man on the team is Papal Mane on bass.

“More than the sound,we’ve evolved as musicians and as people. We’ve grown and matured as a band,” says Correia,adding that they might also make a video for Mental Zero,another song from Bloodywood,before releasing the next album.

The band will perform in Pune on Friday,8:30 pm,at High Spirits,Koregaon Park

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