Taken from ‘Glue EP’ released 2nd November 2017 via Ninja Tune.
Inspired by the song’s homage to the rave era, the video for Bicep’s GLUE by Joe Wilson is a series of landscapes which revisit the sites once brought alive by now infamous raves. Today they sit desolate and empty, retreating back to their former state, with little to show of their impact they had on UK music culture. The static shots offer space to reflect on the importance and idiosyncrasy of these locations and how an abandoned lido, remote airfield and disused warehouse helped to shape the lives of a generation.
Juxtaposed with the images are the hazy, fragmented recollections of those who were there, lifted from Youtube comment sections of the genre’s most defining sounds. Perhaps the most beautiful and poignant pieces of evidence from the period, they eulogise over a time of unity and euphoria, and are a longing to be returned for just one more night.
Film by Joe Wilson (http://joseph-wilson.co.uk) Executive Producers: Saskia Whinney & Freddie Fraser-Forsyth Producer: Carla Steinberg Production Company: TOPSAFE (http://topsafe.london) Camera Assistants: Corey Bartle-Sanderson, Lottie Bea Spencer, Holly Lucas Colourist: Myles Bevan at Time Based Arts Typography: Studio Terrasse