Whilst we wait (impatiently!) for the ‘Venus in Hollywood’ video’s final edits, Gavin and I thought we might have a little fun and do some filming ourselves.
Partially as a gift to our friend Nico, for whom this is one of her favourite songs. And partially for Gavin to try out some of his new film-making skills (another string in his creative bow).
This new clip is the result! Sweet Tooth perform the traditional song, ‘Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair,’ live in our studio. One take, no headphones, spill and all… Vocals by Fleurtini. All other instruments and music production by Gavin Hammond (bass and trumpet were overdubbed immediately after in one take).
Filmed (live), edited and produced by Gavin Hammond.
(PS. The song itself is a celtic traditional which has been covered by luminaries such as Nina Simone, Joan Baez, Esther Ofarim and Christy Moore. We love how it mystically takes on such different qualities depending on the artist singing it, so we’ve tried to put our own ‘Sweet Tooth’ stamp on it with this recording. We’ve decided to give the track away for free as a reward to those who join our mailing list. Do this via this link, or by entering your email address in the text box in the side-bar –>) ♥
You may already be familiar with Gavin’s beautifully moody and evocative photography as it’s been featured here on our site before.
The London Eye
If not, I’d like to remedy that situation right now, in light of the fact that it would be remiss for our fans not to know about it considering he’s received coverage in many of the UK’s national press this week!
He told the papers: “I stumbled upon my first puddles image by accident. My bicycle had been stolen so I was walking into town along the South Bank for once rather than pedalling past it in a hurry. It began to rain as I approached the London Eye and a large flock of tourists were blocking my way. I hate to be in a crowd so I stared at my feet as I waited for them to pass. And lo! a beautiful reflection of one of the gondolas emerged from a puddle, like a vision from another world, a view of a parallel universe.”
A Dickensian high-wire busker in Covent Garden
You can see his entire London set here on his Flickr page, (please get in touch with us via or contact page if you’d like to purchase prints).
Never one to rest on his laurels, Gavin (and film editor Phil G) also just produced this audio/visual clip showcasing his other sets of snaps, alongside a remix of our track ‘At Your Leisure,’ done by Berlin-based producer and DJ, Deep Child.
The creative treatment they’ve provided is shaping up to brilliant so I couldn’t be more excited.
I’ll let you see their work for yourself – this film was made as a collaboration between Top Shop and my favourite magazine in the world, Lula(of which Sarah Sophie is ‘editor at large’ – a fabulous title if there ever was one).
We are thrilled to reveal the new artwork for our single ‘Venus In Hollywood,’available on iTunes (via our own label) and soon to be released (with this cover) by My Music – Poland as the first of the European album licensing deals we have afoot.
News item from My Musichere (for the Polish speakers amongst you!).
This times nicely with the release of another track from our collaborations project, a dance-floor friendly fidget house remix of ‘Venus’ by Paris-based producer 6u5. This cute video below is a mash-up of burlesque visuals to accompany the remix, painstakingly edited by Deadbug Films (see more of their work on YouTube and Vimeo).
The remix is available as a single via iTunes here. It’s also been included on Wagram Digital’s‘Electro Swing IV’ compilation by French DJs Bart and Baker, on iTunes and Amazon. And it’s soon to be on their forthcoming release ‘Spirit Of Electro Swing’ (outMarch 19th, 2012).
In a few short minutes it beautifully portrays the modern tradition of ‘love locks,’ a public symbol of unbreakable love popular at the Ponte Milvio in Rome. The locks are currently at risk of removal by the local Roman government, but watching this film you get the sense that even if the padlocks are removed (as they have been at many other sites around the world), the love will remain…
(PS. Islands and Rivers are also responsible for the wonderful nature film ‘Murmation,’ completely different but equally as moving. I urge you to take a moment to watch it, here – you won’t regret it!)
Sweet Tooth is delighted to share the first video from our collaborations and remixes project. A full-length film shot, directed and produced by Gavin Hammond, based on our song, Walk With Me. The remix is produced by Brixton-based producer Hiatusand features the haunting vocals of our Fleurtini. Enjoy! Much more to come…
I’ve been busy working on images for our next video, which will be a B&W performance piece for the song, Show Me The Truth. Should start shooting in mid-February. Meanwhile, here are some of the images I’ve been taking. Check out my tumblr blog for more…