Following the release of the single "London Bridge" earlier this month via Cooking Vinyl and its accompanying video which has garnered considerable attention for its mesmerizing animation, Blur drummer DAVE ROWNTREE and artists CAUBOYZ are releasing a behind-the-scenes look at its creation.
Dave Rowntree, “I built some of the equipment and synthesisers that I have used for my new tracks and Cauboyz DIY approach really appealed to me. Their process of making cut out paper shapes and objects that are then animated by hand made machinery is incredible and I was keen to work with them to come up with an idea for ‘London Bridge’."
Cauboyz quote, ‘As soon as we listened to London Bridge, we interpreted it as the story of an ever-moving journey. The rhythm expresses a continuous forward movement and we wanted the installation to physically suggest this sensation. So that’s how we got the idea of using rolls of paper that would evolve and change as the song progresses.
We used five rolls of paper to create different scenes. They move at different speeds and directions allowing us to accentuate the feeling of movement.
We also wanted to bring out the mood of the song by using strong geometric shapes and a visually abstract dimension. The scenes get more and more surreal as it unfolds. We drew the designs for the decors, some figurative; some abstract; and then we sent them to be digitally printed and we assembled them ourselves. At the same time, we designed and built a machine that would power the rolls’
Watch the making of 'London Bridge' video by Cauboyz - BELOW:
As well as seasoned multi-instrumentalist and the longstanding drummer of one of Britain’s most successful bands, Dave’s also something of a polymath. A film and TV composer (credits include Netflix series The One and the BBC technological crime thriller The Capture), podcaster, light aircraft pilot (and instructor), lawyer, and former Labor councilor.
“I’m really excited to release my first single as a solo artist," he concludes. "It’s from a body of work that I’ve been putting together over the last couple of years, and I’m humbled to be releasing it on the legendary Cooking Vinyl label."
"London Bridge" heralds Dave Rowntree’s next move. There is much more to come.
Watch the original 'London Bridge' video - BELOW: