I recently reviewed the new single by Karl Vento, ‘One Of Billions’ which I described as a song that floats in on a spring tide of acoustic and electric guitar; tentative and swelling with Karl’s plaintive voice holding all the elements together. The song builds bringing in hesitant drums, keyboards and gradually expanding the horizon of the song from the macro to a widescreen drone shot over a beautiful landscape. Karl has previously backed musicians such as Sumie, Anna von Hausswolff, Det Stora Monstret and Anna Ran and is the kind of outstanding artist that truly deserves their time in the spotlight.
Karl has now released a video to accompany the single and has been kind enough to give Joyzine the premiere for our site. The video is as pensive and beautifully paced as the track itself, and seems to represent thoughts of our childhood and that children are our future “We carry our past, each a world of its own, though it goes fast, I know it will last” which seems to echo Karl’s own gentle optimism for our collective future “One of billions, one of everyone, home to all us, home to all we know”.
It was filmed in the wooden beamed attic space of Gothenburg’s beautiful Kronhuset. Built between 1642 and 1654, it’s a building that has stored cloth, been a warehouse for various military items like cannons and uniforms and then in the 1970s became the home to shops, workshops, a café and a creative arena for actors.
The video was made by script writer and director Rita Nettelstad with photographer and editor Donovan von Martens, and Karl gets to wear some beautiful clothes from a custom-made collection by costume designer and tailor Helena Lundström.
Also, if you are lucky enough to be in Gothenburg on 3rd May then Karl Vento’s first gig as a solo artist is being held at the venue Nefertiti. Tickets here.
Script and directed by Rita Nettelstad
D.O.P. and edited by Donovan von Martens
Costume by Helena Lundström
Jack Ejeby Söderblom as the boy
Words and music by Karl Vento
Produced, arranged, recorded & performed by Filip Leyman & Karl Vento
Review by Paul F Cook