Feat. The music of Chromatics
“Hello Darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again.”
“The Sound of Silence” is the opening track off Chromatics’ 7th studio album, “Closer To Grey,” released on October 2nd of this year. It’s the Portland dream rockers’ first LP in 7 years. And what a treat it is.
Becky and I first heard this cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic while driving down the beautiful, snow-covered Rocky Mountains back on Halloween. We had exerted ourselves trudging through several miles worth of two-mile-high trail, laden with fresh powder a foot deep. Now we could reward ourselves, filling our bellies with local fare and riding the endorphin high back to Denver, listening to our tunes. Yes, Thom Yorke, this was one for the good days.
In the days since we’ve put together this original music video, combining Becky’s acting talent with my fledgling knowledges as a film student. Hope you enjoy.
Synopsis: Madeline enters a relaxed meditative state in a candle-lit bathtub, and envisions herself walking alone in a strange corridor, where a detuned television screen vies for her attention.
COPYWRITE DISCLAIMER: This is a fan-made, non-for-profit music video. The music track is from Chromatics’ 7th studio album, “Closer To Grey (2019),” produced by Johnny Jewel. Label: Italians Do It Better.
The action is set to the rhythm of Chromatics’ 2019 cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” (1964). Paul Simon wrote the song in his bathroom at 21 years of age. Art Garfunkel has said the song is about, “the inability of people to communicate with each other… emotionally.”
Mike Nichol’s used the original in The Graduate (1967) to portray the alienated feelings of protagonist, Benjamin, portrayed by Dustin Hoffman. This music video is born out of the desire to portray those same feelings of another graduate in modern times.
What does this song mean to you? Have you seen The Graduate or listen to Chromatics before?
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