“Lifelines” was the second single and the title track from A-ha’s 2002 album, Lifelines. This video is based on the Norwegian short film A Year Along the Abandoned Road, directed by Morten Skallerud in 1991. Time lapse photography was used to make the video, at 50,000 times the normal speed; the original film was 12 minutes long and was filmed over 105 days, and edited to fit the song length and the scenes with the band members. The subject of the short film was Børfjord, a semi-deserted fisherman’s village in northern Norway, near Hammerfest. The opening sequence features a poem written by King Olav V of Norway.
When I look back
I see the landscapes
That I have walked through
But it is different
All the great trees are gone
It seems there are
Remnants of them
But it is the afterglow
Inside of you
Of all those you met
Who meant something in your life
—Olav Rex, August 1977
[Dedicated to the people of Norway - In memory of July 22, 2011]
Embarking upon a sophomore effort can be a daunting task for any young upstart, and there’s no denying Avi Buffalo’s own bar was set quite high with 2010’s celebrated eponymous debut. Fear not, dear fans/family/friends/friends of friends/newcomers, there’s nothing in this tale about The Second Album—a.k.a.At Best Cuckold, out September 9th on Sub Pop—that even remotely resembles a slump; in fact, it would be entirely appropriate to say that this Long Beach, California, enterprise is getting better with age.
“So What” from Avi Buffalo’s September 9 2014 album, At Best Cuckold.
“I’ve played Passerby on repeat, for months it was the only album I wanted to listen to.” -Matt Berninger (The National)
In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. But for Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, it also works as a pretty good description of their approach to making music. Music that Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman describes as “bracing, subtle, tender and magnificent”.
So while it may seem like Randell and Hassett’s history is littered with all kinds of good luck—from their initial meeting, to their relationship with The National’s Aaron Dessner, to their deal with Sub Pop, to grabbing the attention of Nick Drake’s producer—being in the right place at the right time isn’t just about fate. It’s about knowing when something feels right and having the confidence that people will respond when they’re ready.
The wait is over. The world is ready to hear Luluc quiet and clear.
“Small Window” from the 7/15/14 Luluc album Passerby. Directed by Nacho Rodríguez (www.mistercoo.com). Director of Photography: Clara Asanza.