Bonobo – No Reason ft. Nick Murphy (Official Music Video)

(Photo by: Neil Krug; courtesy of Motormouth)

Electronic artist Bonobo took over the new releases last Friday with his sixth studio album Migration. From the release comes the lead single “No Reason” and its visual accompaniment. Featuring longtime friend and collaborator Nick Murphy (f.k.a. Chet Faker), “No Reason” is a powerful, yet familiar folktronica track that has the density of a true Bonobo hit, but with the light touch of Murphy’s vocals.

Capturing the song’s creative heart, the music video takes the listener on a visual trip. Directed by Oscar Hudson, the video’s strange characteristics are rooted in themes of distorted reality and relationships between space and time. He explains:

“‘No Reason’ is such an evocative track and it was clear from the start that our video would need to reflect this potency. Simon/Bonobo mentioned the inspiration behind the new album came from his relationship to landscape and place whilst on tour. Whilst researching these themes I learnt about the Japanese phenomenon of the Hikikomori– young Japanese people who become so overwhelmed by the pressures of life that they retreat to their bedrooms for years at a time. This felt like a such a fascinating intersection of physical & psychological spaces, and so from this I set out to make a film that through an inventive physical concept tried to link environment directly to psychology. We achieved the film using only in-camera physical effects and we designed an entirely new way of moving our miniature camera to get it to fit through the tiny doorways. Doing this film with CGI would have been a thousand times easier, but for me, it’s physicality & imperfections are what make it different, and I hope better.”

See for yourself below, and head to Bonobo’s website to order your copy of Migration. Also, catch him on tour in the coming months (dates below).

Tour dates:

Apr 12 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

Apr 14 – Indio, CA – Coachella Festival

Apr 21 – Indio, CA – Coachella Festival

Apr 24 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

Apr 25 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis

Apr 26 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

Apr 28 – New York, NY – Terminal 5

Apr 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

May 1 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

May 2 – Richmond, VA – The National

May 3 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

May 5 – Todd Misson, TX – Middlelands

May 5-7 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Beats Festival

May 11 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up

May 12 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks

May 13 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater

May 15 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note

May 16 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room

May 18 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall

May 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom

May 20 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater

May 21 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

May 24 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

May 24 – Vancouver, BC – Celebrities (DJ Set)

May 25 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

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