Bill Nace is a Philadelphia based musician involved in experimental and improvisational projects, also known for his work with Body/Head, Chris Cooper and many more. He announced the release of a solo album. Both is out on May 22nd via Drag City. According to the press release, he has found a stimulating, chiaroscuro-stubbled path back to the electric guitar’s anarchic promise, drawn through eight colorful pieces that are equal parts sound, noise and music.
We already shared “Part 5” and “Part 7”; “Part 8” is a new excerpt and comes with the official video directed by Lee Ranaldo. He explains: “Recently I had been stepping up my game a bit in the video-editing department. I’ve always liked putting small movies together, and took up the challenge of increasing my (still limited!) tech skillz, and learning some new software programs. Bill and I were backstage somewhere (back when that was possible) and he was telling me about his upcoming release. I offered my services and he accepted and sent me the tracks. I’ve not often made video pieces for other than my own works, and was excited by the idea, and humbled that Bill trusted me to make something, sight-unseen.
I was struck by the ambient, drifting quality of the music – it wasn’t what I expected. I had these 2 small movies of birds flying over a deep blue sky that I’d taken on a bike ride in Prospect Park (back when such things were possible). I knew I wanted to use them in some way, but until Bill offered I couldn’t figure out what the context would be. So I took these 2 short movies and used them to create the video I constructed for Bill’s “Part 8”. I had recently photographed some silhouettes of birds from the back of a book I found in a Bed & Breakfast I was staying at up in Ithaca NY (back when such things were possible), and I grabbed some of these and constructed the crude stop-animation of birds in flight that is nested (ha) within the film. I thought the repetitive nature of the images I put together somehow fit the feeling I got listening to Bill’s “Part 8”. “