Haken vocalist Ross Jennings is now streaming his new single „Feelings“ featuring a Crystal Spotlight-directed music video all about retro video games. The single is off Jennings‘ coming solo album A Shadow Of My Future Self featuring Jennings on vocals and guitar, Nathan Navarro (Devin Townsend) on bass, Vikram Shankar (Redemption, Lux Terminus, Silent Skies) on keyboards, and Simen Sandnes (Arkentype) on drums.
„Given the circumstances of being locked down in 2020, I decided very early on that the best way to go for the ‘Feelings’ promo video would be some form of animated presentation. Originally planned to be the lead single, the video game concept started off as a work-around to the limitations of lockdown, but the scope and ambition for the project evolved and escalated exponentially over the course of production. Crystal Spotlight have created some incredible work for Haken in the past and our fantastic working relationship is such that I’m always trying to challenge them with my video concepts, but I think this time I took the biscuit!
„Essentially, what Miles Skarin and his team have created is a fully functional platform RPG, which involved weeks and weeks of scene building and some motion capture sessions, which they have integrated into a music video format along with some live scenes filmed earlier this year.
The visuals in the film play homage to various iconic video games from my youth, with the RJ avatar navigating his way through the levels. There are plenty of ‚Easter eggs‘ to uncover and the results are really quite mind-blowing!!!“
Pre-orders for A Shadow Of My Future Self are available here.
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