(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2301: Jealous of the Birds and Ryan Vail

By on Tuesday, 21st February 2017 at 10:00 am

unnamedTwo Northern Irish artists, singer/songwriter Jealous of the Birds (aka Naomi Hamilton) and electronic musician Ryan Vail, have teamed up on a new collaboration titled ‘Love is a Crow’. Aptly enough, a human crow character, clad all in black, figures prominently in the song’s ‘Donnie Darko’-inspired promo video. He is intended to represent the ever-present spectre of uncertainty in romantic relationships, as Hamilton explains in the track’s press release:

‘Love Is A Crow’ touches on how sometimes, regardless of how passionate and fulfilling a relationship between two people is initially, one person’s doubt and vulnerability can self-sabotage it. In light of that, something about this love becomes damaged and almost sinister, which I think comes across beautifully in the song’s music video.

The new single is due for official release this Friday, the 24th of February, via Quiet Arch. The full release will include this version of the track, plus an instrumental version and remixes by The Cyclist and Die Hexen. The video was filmed in various East Berlin locations by director Joseph White.

Vail and Hamilton were excited to cross-breed their individual talents, each speaking highly of the other. Vail says, “After seeing her perform countless times, I started to discover this edge to her music that reveals itself the more you’re exposed to her. The sounds I developed were inspired by these findings.” Hamilton echoes his sentiment: “Ryan has this great quality of approaching this work with a kind of thoughtfulness that never gets in the way of productivity. He gets things done, which just made the collaboration simple and fun.”

Perhaps not entirely by coincidence, Ryan Vail and Jealous of the Birds are both scheduled to appear at SXSW 2017 next month in Austin, Texas. For up-to-date information about SXSW, keep following TGTF’s ongoing festival preview coverage, or check out the official SXSW schedule of artist showcases here.


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