RUFFMERCY sprinkles his own brand of stardust over Alex Ebert's meanderings in his hometurf for a very enjoyable collaboration to accompany Broken Record, the new release by Ebert (aka Alexander, aka Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros). The result is surely one of the few videos created in both Bristol and New Orleans.
"We spoke about Kid 'N' Play, PM Dawn, Kenny G, Chung King Express, John Woo, Tokyo vending machines, Miami Vice... and if you look hard enough you might see these influences within our video (kind of)," says Russ Murphy, aka RUFFMERCY, tells us. "I really enjoyed this collaboration."
Ebert, for his part, told PAPER: "Despite my history of surrounding myself with crowds of wonderful musicians, and despite my interest in all things communal, I am more or less married to the lonerishness of solitary work - which is the reason my romantic relationships inevitably disintegrate, just as the relationship that inspired Broken Record disintegrated. And yet they disintegrate so that I can integrate ever more with my muse...whatever that may be." And the video attempts to capture some of that "oddball" solitude.
"I was inspired to do a video with Ruff Mercy because to me it has that same sort of personal freedom that only comes from handmade things done in some kind of solitude. And yet he lives in London [sic]. So instead of flying there I just spent a few nights and mornings shooting myself in total solitude, doing those things you might not otherwise think to do in the presence of others. Its a bittersweet thing, being lonesome - emphasis on sweet, for that lonesomeness is responsible for that extra bit of handmade intimacy in art that is simply not possible otherwise."