Australian sibling duo Belle Roscoe beguile audiences with an intoxicating concoction of gritty modern Americana and classic ‘70s-tinged folk-rock, as heard on their current single ‘The Birds’. Now the duo release the accompanying video for the song ahead of their set at the Black Deer Festival on June 17th.
‘The Birds’ sees Belle Roscoe put their spirit animal Mojo The Walrus back in the spotlight after they were all arrested in London whilst filming the visual for their single ‘Soho Shoes’. Belle Roscoe (Julia and Matty) first met Mojo in the small hours during sessions for their upcoming EP ‘Talking To The Walrus’.
They were experimenting with psychedelics while listening to some classic John Lennon when Mojo suddenly appeared as a mysterious vision - one which guided their moral compass and embodied the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll.
The video for ‘The Birds’ channels the song’s themes of environmental devastation with a visual full of striking aerial shots and captivating natural beauty, its epic scale and ambition bringing to mind both ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’. This time, Mojo is transported to Arbus in Sardinia, where droughts and forest fires have ravished the landscape. Parched with thirst, he travels through the sun-scorched setting to lay a solitary tree within the desert - a symbolic but surely futile protest.
The video was shot on a tight budget. It was made possible by a friend whose connections with the Sardinian Film Commission opened up the opportunity to shoot in a location which is usually out of bounds. Belle Roscoe directed the film with their close friend Alessandro Garau. Belle Roscoe commented: “We felt compelled to continue Mojo’s journey by taking him from a dystopian city to a beautiful world of wild, untouched and preserved nature. As devastating as the pandemic was, this new video serves to remind us all of the imminent devastation to come if we do not truly consider the climate crisis and the possibility of planet extinction.
The Belle Roscoe siblings grew up in Melbourne, where any family function would end up becoming a riotous jam session. They first came to London as backpackers and inevitably ran out of money while on the other side of the world. Looking back on their musical upbringing, they started playing house parties and dive bars to make a little money which led to them obsessively writing music of their own. Their shared influences run the gamut from Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin to David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen to more recent favourites such as Father John Misty and The War on Drugs.
‘The Birds’ and ‘Soho Shoes’ will feature on the upcoming ‘Talking To The Walrus’ EP which was recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville with the help of the Grammy Award winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Calexico), members of The Alabama Shakes and 400 Unit, and engineering from the studio’s owner Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Phosphorescent). The band’s previous shows have taken them from the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to the Cannes Film Festival and the Isle of Wight, and they found an innovative solution to the lack of gigs during lockdown by touring London’s River Lea to play three sets in a day on a narrowboat.