A brand new music video has been made for ‘Bars’, a piece taken from Conor Walsh’s stunning posthumous album The Lucid.
Shot in black and white and filmed on the rivers banks where Walsh once fished, the breath-taking visuals directed by Brendan Canty and shot by Colm Hogan & Roman Bugovski that accompany ‘Bars’ deftly capture the expansive mesmeric form of Conor Walsh’s expressionistic instrumental music.
There a sense of suspension to both the music and the video, like a long exhale, as the flowing water, still trees and murmur of birds dance through the sky that adds another layer to ‘Bars’ itself and indeed its parent album (out now via bandcamp).
Poet Erin Fornoff has also written a piece about Conor Walsh that has been included alongside the video:
Murmuration for Conor Walsh
by Erin Fornoff
He traced the lines of familiar road, the half-thought
drive west through thick darkness, a cascade
of melody from the blue-lit radio
like some glorious exhale from the speakers. It is a devotion pulling like a prayer. Alert now,
almost there, he braked to a stop as a stag stood
in his high beams on the two-lane. Unstartled, it seemed to square itself
in the aquarium glare of the lights;
unapologetic, poised for flight,
poured with an unknowable kindness. He turned his key halfway, like a decision.
It is bending to the task until the notes breathe.
It is standing before a powerful stillness
and listening. He opened the door and stepped out
onto the yellow line. The stag, a still monument, antlers branched
and soaring, did not blink its wet eye. Interrupted
in their crossings, they shared a caught sigh,
notes rising in low murmuration from the stereo. He breathed. It is the choice to yoke yourself
to what you love. In the current-charged dark,
moving slow, he reached past the pinging of the door
and twisted the radio knob. He turned that floating music up.