Toronto electronic act Holy Fuck announced earlier this year they would be returning as a unit with the May release of their upcoming full-length Congratulations, the latest since their 2010 release Latin.
From the new album, Holy Fuck shared their latest single “Tom Tom” back in February, and have just shared the track’s dramatic visual accompaniment.
Thumping bass lines and dust-clearing rhythms drive the single forward, as the video takes a twisted turn in tandem with the electronic instrumentation’s droning, yet captivating pattern.
Shot in Romania, the video’s director Michael Leblanc shared a statement about the production:
“Brian and I decided to shoot the video in Romania so we could cast authentic people in a unfamiliar setting. I wanted to shoot most of the scenes when the sky was just about to fade and use as much natural light as possible. This helped with the surreal style I was trying to create. Though…we did end up using a few lights and a homemade dolly we built in Romania with wheels I ordered from the US.
I was lucky to have my Romanian friend Miruna Soiu who helped produce/translate and her husband Ian Mcgettigan who’s one of my best friends who helped with all things including being the dolly grip and doing most of the driving. Myself, the two of them and my girlfriend Erika Lobko who’s a local set designer from Toronto flew over. There we found our two main characters and now friends Marius Staicu senior and his son Marius. They were perfect in every way. Everything I had hoped for and way more really.
Casting was really fun as we just walked around Zarnesti and asked people if they’d like to be in a music video. We shot most of the video in Sirnia a small village near Brasov where both Ian and Miruna had once stayed. It was through their contacts that we were able to do this video. Without them and Erika who ended up operating on many shots the video would have never been made. Miruna’s wonderful Aunt Iona cooked us traditional Romanian meals every day and woke up really early every morning and lit the heaters to make sure we were warm and cozy.”
Head to the band’s website for more information on Congratulations, and to discover more of their music.