British alternative art rock band SHAPE OF WATER have just revealed a new music video for the song “Starchild“. The video was directed by Luca De Falco. This is the third music video from their new full-length album Amor Fati which is also released worldwide today via Eclipse Records, and is now available everywhere.
“The song Starchild is inspired by determinism and simulation theory,” says vocalist Rox Capriotti. “It focuses upon free will as an unattainable goal while surrounded by an individual’s unalterable personality and society-dictated circumstances. We follow pre-established paths without even realizing it.” Guitarist Luca DeFalco continues, “We picked this song because it is the apex of our expression at this exact moment in time. The structure of the Starchild video identifies the nature of the band itself so… for us was important to make a video about it. The script for the video was different in the beginning but incessant rains in Manchester made it impossible to shoot at the locations we planned for, so we improvised and did something different. We decided to use CGI to implement the figures of a fetus to represent new life and the infinite circle, and the humanoid heads as instances of death. The initial idea for the ending part was to have a full band performance but we fell in love with the scene of Rox singing. The act is empathetic and the tears falling down his face were real. The wind on his face, the color grading, the acting, and everything else were so dramatic that we decided to keep it with no cuts.”
The new album by Shape Of Water is titled, Amor Fati, Latin for “Love of Fate,” alluding to Nietzsche and the philosophy of determinism which would imply that destiny is already written and we must embrace the meaninglessness of our free will. Furthermore, this aesthetic (and rocking) masterpiece delivers a poignant message about isolation as a swansong, speaking to the awesome potential of humankind as we ironically and tragically blend into one another. We wear masks of balance and hope, yet death makes us dust that slips away in the wind. We create powerful machines and build monuments of hope, but we lose ourselves in the process. Musically, the album is as diverse as it is sonically pleasing. Instead of guitar power chords used for punch and dynamics, Shape of Water employs tactical low-toned synths in a fashion similar to John Carpenter utilizing what he called “stingers,” lending impact and potency to the given Michael Meyers sighting. On the mid and high end, the band delivers various styles of expressive, elegant and dynamic keyboards: delicate and refined and soaring and bold. Guitars are used tastefully, so smoothly at times that one might mistake them for keyboards and visa-versa, and the vocals are what Salieri, in the film Amadeus, called an “absolute beauty.”
Listen / Download Amor Fati at https://ffm.to/shamor
Shape Of Water lineup
Rox Capriotti (vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, arrangements), Luca De Falco (guitars, backing vocals, artworks)