Following the release of her acclaimed new album – ADDIE BRIK – is pleased to present the official video for one of its finest moments: “Retromingent”.
A song of a transfixing gravity that will bring to mind the spellbinding works of Talk Talk, the track is one the standout moments to be found on Addie’s newest studio album ‘That Dog Don’t Hunt’ (out now, via Itza Records).
Paired with artistic new visuals conceived and directed by Addie; the official video for “Retromingent” has been edited by the esteemable Rick Elgood (The Clash, The Pogues ). A whirlwind of colour and creativity, it blends expert cinematography by celebrated Glasgow photographer Harrison Reid, surreal animations by Marian Obando, metal sculptures by Ross Spencer, and fluid choreography involving a cast of dancers (and local wildlife).
“This was shot here in Scotland at a local farm near where I live” says Addie of the video. “The animals did just keep running through”.
Co-written with Michael Timothy (Massive Attack), it also features expertly metronomic percussion from Jim McDermott (Simple Minds / The Silencers), guitars by Robbie Macinosh (The Pretenders / Paul McCartney), spacious piano parts and hammond organs, plus the voices of a thirty-strong children’s choir from The Scottish National Youth Choir. Together, its constituent parts infuse to form something utterly spellbinding.
Of the lyrical themes at play in “Retromingent”, Addie says:“Whatever people do or do not do to you along the way, if you can’t let go of that you’ll never get to where you should be going. So, there is Logos, the truth, not my personal take, or some lobbyist take on truth and I have a responsibility to think correctly and hold myself to higher standards, my future, heaven or hell, depends on it. People do what they do and will get their comeuppance. There’s a natural working order here that fulfils itself.”
Following recent singles including, the simmering “The First Odd Prime” and folk-tinted “Gearless”, “Retromingent” is the latest excerpt to be taken from Addie Brik’s upcoming studio album ‘That Dog Don’t Hunt’ (out now, via Itza Records).
The Georgia-born, Scottish-based artist’s first release since 2018’s acclaimed ‘I Have A Doctor On Board’, Addie’s new album documents the decline of Western society and culture, tells of the vilification of truth-sayers and whistleblowers, and derides the corrosion of free thought and the tide of dissolution our human liberties face in the 21st Century. Speaking about the album, Addie says:
“I think Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato… the ancient Greeks blazed a very wise trail with the Golden Mean that influenced the best of what the West has achieved. The Golden Mean can right matters, which have gone too much in one direction, like betrayal or corruption; it’s about symmetry as opposed to chaos. The US Constitution, an inspired 4-page document, is still completely revolutionary. It states that man has unalienable rights, these rights are from Divine Authority and not from the State. It was written for ‘The one dissenting voice’. Whether it be society, music, architecture or education, the overarching thought should be: is it true, is it good, is it beautiful?”.
With its initial sessions arranged by Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, the album was recorded between Fernando Vacas’ private studio in Córdoba and her current base in Scotlandduring lockdown. Featuring appearances from Scottish talents including Deacon Blue’s Jim Prime (who also happens to be Addie’s neighbour), Alex Rex of Trembling Bells,Robbie MacIntosh (Paul McCartney / The Pretenders), Jim McDermott (Simple Minds / The Silencers) and The Scottish National Youth Choir; it also features contributions from further afield musicians including Glenn Lewis (who added guitars from Melbourne), plus engineering from Bob Coke and bassist Stephen Harrison from Bob’s studio in Paris. Writing retreats on the Isle of Skye with resident artist Doc Livingston (Kings of Kaakon / Uncle Rocket) would also feed into the record’s inherent sense of spaciousness and quiet contemplation.
Produced by Addie Brik, it was mixed jointly by Tufty, Paul Stacey and Pierre Marchand, with additional mixing and Mastering by Mark Beazley (Itza Records).
Purposeful and powerful, ‘That Dog Don’t Hunt’ is a record that burns with a luminescent ambition and a calescent political intent delivered by an artist at the top of her game.
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Addie Brik is a writer, singer and producer from Savannah Georgia. She relocated to the UK in 1998 and now resides in Scotland. Mentored by Allen Ginsberg and famed CBS journalist John Steinbeck Jr in her teens, her first demo tape was discovered by Peter Gabriel, which led to a deal with Geffen Records with Andy Gill (Gang of Four) producing.
Since then, Addie has co-written with the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Plaid, Tarwater, Wendy and Lisa, Sugarhill Gang, Luke Vibert, BJ Cole, members of Funkadelic, Fishbone, Maxim Rysanov, Andrei Samsonov, HB Barnum (Aretha Franklin’s legendary writer and arranger), Kate St. John, John Philip Shenale, Simple Minds, Deacon Blue and more.
Readying her first full-length album in over 4 years, ‘That Dog Don’t Hunt’ is out now, via Itza Records. The official video for “Retromingent” is out now.