Shinneh means "years". Sometimes wistful, sometimes angry, the piano grounds this song, with a roller coaster of emotion conveyed by trumpet and sax. Lyrics in Assyrian look back at a failed relationship with the benefit of hindsight, accepting that it's still painful but eventually finding closure.
For this music video we used a theme of water to symbolise emotion, as it does in dreams. Sometimes calm, sometimes turbulent, deep or shallow, clear or murky, water was the perfect metaphor to illustrate the waves of emotion that "Shinneh" elicits.
We start with Robin watching the raindrops fall like tears, while our dancers prepare to meet up. Andy waits as the rain subsides, Ali discards the umbrella that has given her protection. Sparkles on the surface of the water disguise unfathomable depth. The dance illustrates the conflicting sentiments in a breakup, while water on the ground gives us a means for reflection. Puddle splashes reveal stirred up anger.
Robin sits by the bay contemplating the calm that has settled. Ali shelters again under her umbrella, anticipating the storm that's about to roll in. While the rain pours down like a flood of memory, Robin thinks about his lost love. Night falls and Robin walks through the cleansing rain, reflecting on his failed relationship. Indoors at rehearsal, the girl is still on his mind, but Robin has reconciled himself with the break-up. He recounts the story with the band as they play through the song.
Music and lyrics by Robin Zirwanda
Song produced and mixed by Tom Kazas
Robin Zirwanda - Vocals and percussion
Daniel Dydey - Guitar
Vashti Sivell - Piano
Stuart Vandegraaff - Sax
Marty Farrugia - Trumpet
Paris Freed - Backing vocals
Ben Wild - Bass
Steve Marin - Drums
Recorded at Free Energy Device studios with Richard Belkner
Mastered by William Bowden
Video produced by Diorama Pictures
Directed and edited by Cristina Dio
DOP - Rowan Du Boisee
Colourist - Tim Wreyford
Choreographer - Carly Landa
Dancers - Ali Benstead and Andy Irwin
Pianist - Holly Champion
Featuring Robin Zirwanda, Stuart Vandegraaff, Zac Haider Keene, David Romancini and Charles Casson.