Rat & Co transport you to an icy ‘Spring II’
Known for their ambient and unique sounds, Rat & Co have continued to hypnotise eardrums since they first appeared in the world. The latest instalment in their journey is the video for ‘Spring II’.
Filmed in Iceland under the creative paws of Freya Esders, the video captures everything she had been experiencing while undertaking an artists residency amongst the crisp beauty of the Scandinavian country. Creating a fusion between visual and music, the isolation of both Australia, and Iceland is explored in this video, while capturing the colours of both spring, and the dreamlike landscape of Iceland.
The track itself creates the desolate and lonely feelings portrayed in the video. The beat moves in an off kilter way, as the video transforms into a graveyard of construction vehicles and grey dirt seemingly exploring the ideas of clean and dirty. It’s almost a portrayal of how you can merge from one to the other, as though your landscape can control them.
The video features bold orange, it’s used almost as a mayday call by the lone figure, like she is calling out for someone to save her from the graveyard of isolation that surrounds her. You could almost see the orange as a metaphor for sunset or sunrise, depending on your mood.
The video gives the track a chilly feel, playing on the isolation, although you could easily transport the piano, percussion loop, and moaning like ambience to a tropical island, and present the same worldly problem so many people feel. It’s a message that no matter your scenery, or how many people surround you, you can feel isolated.
Words by Madeline Kilby