Small Black premiered their video for their first single Free At Dawn this week. The video was directed by Yoonha Park and was inspired by Hollis Frampton’s experimental film from 1970, Zorns Lemma. In Frampton’s film, the alphabet appears letter by letter and is then slowly transformed into representational images. Frampton’s film is part of the Criterion Collection.
Small Black’s video for Free At Dawn uses a similar technique by flashing the letters that make up Free At Dawn and filming in first person point of view showing footage of crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.
Shot on 16mm film and with the same camera and lenses that Frampton was likely using, the video is a paean to Brooklyn. Director Park says: “One thing among many that I love about the original film is it’s a very specific time capsule of how New York looked and felt in that precise moment. We wanted to capture our own moment in New York.”
Limits of Desire, Small Black’s new album, is set for release on May 13 via Jagjaguwar.