The Osaka witch doom duo premiere a 16 minute video featuring two tracks from their new album Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0
Osaka doom duo BlackLab (guitarist/vocalist Yuko Morino and drummer Chia Shiraishi) present their debut video – a 16 minute short featuring two songs linked by framing sequences in their dressing room, a record shop and around the streets of Osaka – in an exclusive Wire premiere.
The featured tracks “Warm Death” and “Black Moon” are taken from BlackLab’s forthcoming new album Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0. The video was directed and edited by Japanese film maker Go Shibata. BlackLab’s Morino previously worked with Shibata on his film Gui aiueo:S in which she improvised on heavily distorted guitar for one scene. That improvisation features on Strawberry Moon under the title “Big Muff”.
Shibata, who has said, “I yearn to explore the darker side of things,” comments on the video: “These two songs will suit the rainy night in Osaka. I expressed a gentle, soft, elastic colourful sound. I think that the scenery of the band is reflected. This is an overnight sketch in a corner of the city of Kansai.”
Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0 is reviewed in The Wire 414 by Edwin Pouncey, who says the band “effectively disinter doom’s rattling bare bones”. The album is released by New Heavy Sounds on 20 July.