a-tota-so Share Animated Video for ‘I Am’ Featuring Aisling Whiting (Sang Froid)
Back in November, we shared the news and single release that solidified the return of a-tota-so and their first new material and details of their forthcoming album. Now the trio have shared a new video to accompany their single “I Am”.
The band, last month, shared the beautifully animated video for recent single “I Am” which features vocals from Aisling Whiting (Sang Froid). Video director/animator Steve McCarthy comments,
“When Marty from a-tota-so shared the song with me I knew I had to get involved! initially I’d wanted to keep it simple, but he gave me full creative freedom on the video and as I started experimenting the idea started to grow.
Taking some inspiration from Simon J. Curd’s album artwork, I developed a story around a scene in a forest that changes through the cycle of the seasons and the cycle of life and death.
This was such a great opportunity to really explore some creative ideas and tools, and the whole thing was a learning process. It was a pleasure to work on and turned into a real passion project and a learning exercise for myself.”
The track jumps straight in, immediately engrossing the audience from the first note. Hit play and straight away Aisling joins the atmosphere and begins to sculpt the dramatic world that lies ahead. This dazzling guitar tone serenades the soothing sounds from Aisling in the first few bars, the guitar rhythmically directs the harmonies with its formation as the gentle drum shuffles and the complex low-end surges amongst the alluring world, emphasizing the notes of each musician. As the lyrics soar in the soundscape, Realf Greville Heygate emerges on Violin and Cello adding further depth to the ensemble with the resonating strings.
As “I Am” steps up the intensity midway, the charging direction adds this gritty tone and immersive riff, the drumbeat aggravates the power of this piece as a-tota-so welcome their dynamic unpredictable shifts into their arrangement, keeping their well-known traits present throughout their new body of work. As this chaos seemingly grows, bringing ferocity to the forefront, Aisling‘s vocal notes expand, explode and dominate the world.
The new arrangement captures this menacing influence, as the stirring tones and raw lyrics collide to bring emotion into the center of the mix, the audience soon embraces the array of affection that consumes this composition. When “I Am” readies itself to quickly fade out, the audience is suddenly introduced back to their world which they were in almost 4 minutes before, not quite ready to jump back into normality, a-tota-so have effortlessly produced a track destined to move any listener, transport them into the midst of this mammoth creation.
Utterly gripping, a-tota-so have added this influx of emotion into their compositions and the new direction showcases the progression of this outfit and their lasting influence. If the first track is this good, we already know the new album will leave us all in awe.
“Lights Out” will be released on the 11th March 2022 via bUTTONpUSHER and is available to pre-order from – http://a-tota-so.bandcamp.com
a-tota-so are: Marty Toner – Guitar, Jamie Cattermole – Drums, Chris Marsh – Bass
Jake O’Driscoll (God Alone)
Damien Sayell (The St Pierre Snake Invasion/ Mclusky/ The Plainviews)
Aisling Whiting (Sang Froid)
Kieran Hayes (We Come In Pieces)
Brian Scally (Ganglions / Anna’s Anchor)
Ellie Godwin (No Violet)
Jack Gordon (Irk / Platitude Queen)
Ashley Tubb (Sugar Horse)
Josh Gesner (Polymath) Keys
Realf Greville Heygate – Violins and Cello
Recorded by Phil Booth at JT Soar Mixed and Mastered by Richard Collins at Snug Recording Co. Artwork by Simon Curd.