VISIONIST today shares the video for “Form,” the latest track to be taken from his forthcoming album, ‘A Call To Arms‘.
The new album is the first time Visionist’s singing voice has been heard in the form of song and lyric. On “Form,” vocals are shared with the opera singer Lisa E. Harris and Wu-lu joins on guitar.
Multi-disciplinary artist Arcin Sagdic, who directed the video, explains their collaboration, “We had an exchange about ideas and visions on a regular basis that brought us all the way to this outcome. The work-flow with Visionist was very natural and easy for me, I felt very comfortable doing the clip for such an amazingly atmospheric, persistent and experimental track.”
Collaborators and guests on the album include Haley Fohr of Circuit Des Yeux; multimedia artist and opera singer, Lisa E. Harris; experimental multi-instrumentalist K.K. Null; Ben Romans Hopcraft (Childhood); artist and producer Wu-lu; pianist Matthew Bourne; Morgan Simpson (Black Midi); and experimental saxophonist Ben Vince. Visionist explains, “A lot of the preparation for a song takes place inside my head, I imagine how different instrumentation can come together and this includes voice. Tone is important but mainly I am drawn to storytellers, and how they can relate to my message.”
Watch the video for “The Fold” below. Featuring vocals by Haley Fohr, the video was created using footage filmed of Jonathan Schipper’s 2016 installation, Cubicle, from the Rice Gallery in Houston, TX.
The album artwork is by Visionist and Belgian artist, Peter De Potter, longtime collaborator with Raf Simons, whose recent artwork includes Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’.
To mark the album’s release, Visionist and Copenhagen-based fashion label Heliot Emil have launched the official ‘A Call To Arms’ album capsule collection, available to pre-order via Visionist’s Bandcamp page here.
Visionist has also launched a new Bandcamp subscription service. Available in two tiers, the service will provide subscribers with guaranteed access and discounts to the Heliot Emil album capsule, all vinyl releases, the entire digital back catalog as well as behind the scenes material, free access to DJ and live streams and – hopefully, one day soon – in-person events.
A Call To Arms Tracklisting:
Allowed To Dream
A Born New
Album artwork by Visionist & Peter De Potter.
Pre-order ‘A Call To Arms’: https://mute.ffm.to/visionist
MORE ABOUT VISIONIST: For Visionist (aka Louis Carnell) each album is a chapter in a bigger storyline. “My music very much reflects how my life has played out,” he explains. ‘Safe’ [2015 / PAN] dealt with his battles with anxiety while ‘Value’ [2017 / Big Dada Recordings] was a defiant album, built originally from anger, betrayal and anguish. Both of the albums were seeding the land for ‘A Call To Arms‘, an album that takes on big themes, in a personal voice. Not in the everyday political sense though. Instead, he builds intimate settings, creating spaces where he can place the shadows of the world’s current crises.
While in the past his work flirted with the dance floor, this time the songs support a brand new sound architecture. “Now that I have done so much, I’m allowing my freedom,” says Visionist. The songs on ‘A Call To Arms‘ are made for people who “take time and consider.”
This new record marks a confident moment in Visionist’s life and musical career. “I had to stop taking refuge in the premise of ‘people don’t want to understand me’ and focus on being the best communicator I can be,” he explains.