Jonah Yano has shared new song ‘portrait of a dog’.
The Hiroshima-born, Montreal-based artist has linked with BADBADNOTGOOD, who oversee the construction of his new album. Out on January 27th via Innovative Leisure, ‘portrait of a dog’ drifts between jazz, left-field electronics, and a subtle sense of soul.
The title cut is online now, a wonderfully inviting gesture, a song that feels draped in simple emotion. Alongside this, Jonah Yano has shared the full video, co-directed by Erin O’Connor, Matisse A-M and Kostadin Kolev.
Jonah Yano comments…
‘Portrait Of A Dog’ is a video that, like the most recent video for the song ‘always’, is made up of uninterrupted, continuous, and static shots. The thinking behind the monotonous visual information in these new videos comes from a disinterest in the ever-increasing over-saturation and pace of digital media surrounding musicians that is furthering the divide between musicians-as-artists and musicians-as-commodity.
The collaborators, Erin O’Connor, Matisse A-M, and Kostadin Kolev (‘Portrait Of A Dog’), and Nik Arthur and David May (‘Always’), were the directors and producers of these videos because I feel they understand why it might be interesting (and surprisingly challenging) to try and make a music video that did not grab and attempt to retain the attention of a viewer through brightly coloured sets and a large amount of cutting back and forth between an array of visually stimulating shots.
In trying to subtract most of the elements that exist in the average music video we found it crucial that the idea for the video at its core had to be strong enough to stand on its own for five straight minutes – to get the idea across without making a pointless video.
Tune in now.