Today sees the exclusive world premier of the official video to accompany Moby's new single 'Lie Down in Darkness' via Wired.com.
The video was directed by acclaimed UK filmmakers Institute For Eyes. Best known for their striking documentary Isolation, about former paratrooper Stuart Griffiths, as well as videos for the likes of British Sea Power and Wild Beasts, the directors were invited to visually realise Moby’s new single, taken from his most recent studio album Destroyed (self-released on Moby’s very own label Little Idiot).
Lie Down In Darkness is a soulful track of sublime melancholy and symphonic grandeur and the video’s narrative reflects this sense of epic scale, as it follows an astronaut looking back on his life of space travel, journeying through an architecturally heightened London.
Shot in contemporary London, the locations for Lie Down in Darkness reference 1960's and 1970's periods, recalling modernist and Soviet austerity. The astronaut travels past such iconic London landmarks as the Barbican Centre and Southbank, in a journey of angles and minimalism, tunnels and flashes of dark and light. Visual elements of JG Ballard meet A Clockwork Orange undertones, intercut with sequences depicting outer space.
Luke Seomore and Joseph Bull, aka Institute For Eyes, said about the idea for the video: “The song has a graceful, very cinematic quality, so the idea of weightlessness quickly began to form. An intense otherworldly journey seemed to mirror the atmosphere of the song. Somesuch and Co helped us to put together a great team to make the video happen; we hope you enjoy it.” Moby said about the making of the video, “It was great working with video directors Institute for Eyes, and I’m really happy with the final result. Their video really enhances the cinematic qualities in the song.”