Courteeners have announced details of the video for Heavy Jacket – the first track taken from their forthcoming sixth album, More. Again. Forever.
Directed by Joe Connor and set right at the beating heart of a night out, the video for Heavy Jacket is the first instalment of a three-part collaboration between Courteeners and acclaimed author Emma Jane Unsworth. Courteeners began working with Unsworth after Liam Fray asked her to write something specifically for the band. The story she delivered – titled Better – has been made into a short film that comprises of three Courteeners videos. Parts two and three will follow. The three separate parts of the story will be also available to read online to coincide with their corresponding video – the first part can be found here – and watch the video below:
Of the collaboration, Liam Fray said: “I’ve been a fan of Emma, and her words, for a long time. She leaves an impression on the reader that lasts much longer than the page. I read Animals whilst in the States last year, and although I found comfort in the places it name checked, perhaps what pulled me in more was the mirror that it held up to me – the continuing Jekyll and Hyde of entering your thirties and not knowing if you’re making the right decision or a right fucking mess of your life.
“I’m thrilled and humbled that we’ve been able to work together, along with Joseph Connor, on creating a little world for these songs and characters to exist in. I believe that literary works, film and music can be close relatives (ones that get along!) It’s been a dream to be involved with such talented people as Emma, as well as Joseph – who we’ve worked with on various projects for years. The videos really do look and feel like short films and that is all down to Joseph and his team -who have been incredibly passionate since day one. I think we’ve created something truly special and I hope it resonates. Enjoy!”
Emma Jane Unsworth added:
“This project has felt like pure magic. I’ve never written a music video before and was honoured when Liam asked me to write a story for the songs – the new album is so powerful and poetic, a real urgent work of art, brimming with themes I’m obsessed with: the complex quest for self-improvement; how we ever find sanctuary in our human bodies; the parts of us that persist as we grow older and not always wiser; the parts of us we choose to leave behind if we find the right exit strategy. The things we might need to remind ourselves of now and then, after a heavy one. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to collaborate with the Courteeners to weave stories together with their beautiful songs – and what Joseph Connor and the actors and designers have all created in the finished films is something we’re all incredibly proud of.”
As previously announced, Courteeners sixth album ‘More. Again. Forever.’ will be released on 17th January 2020 and available to pre-order now. Prior to that release, Courteeners play a pair of arena dates at the end of the year:
30th November London Olympia
14th December Manchester Arena