The Ocean approaches the release of their new masterwork Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic (Pelagic Records), releasing on November 2nd. The band just released a new single and an accompanying visualiser for ‘Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence’ in which the band worked with director Craig Murray, using makeup and hand-molded masks, transforms vocalist Loic Rossetti into a Cambrian-age lichen-creature, weaving molds of the band into a rocky prehistoric landscape, taking hours to meticulously shoot the video frame-by-frame.
Murray commented: “This is a practical effects film which leans towards multiple single frame captures to creature the sequences. Everything is built from scratch. There’s long exposure animation, stop frame, miniatures and cloud tanks. If the thing I’m working with can’t be physically picked up and held in my hand, I struggle to understand how to use it; I prefer this long, messy and exhausting process.”
The Ocean’s mastermind Robin Staps added: “Craig has created a unique aesthetic visualization of our music, which is different from anything I’ve ever seen. He’s spent 6 sleepless weeks working on this basically non-stop, all by himself. He plastered tons of clay and lichens over Loic’s face and head, and really managed to turn him into an imaginary ‘Cambrian creature‘. It’s incredible to see the final result now, and how the whole thing has evolved.”