Willie Campbell: Astrid man's solo single 'The Film Begins' is about "how vivid and alive the memories of people can be once they’ve gone"

Willie Campbell releases a single, ‘The Film Begins’, on Friday 29th July – the day after he plays a solo set on Belladrum Tartan Heart’s Off Axis stage.

And we’re honoured to have the exclusive premiere of his DIY, hand-shot film for the track.

Campbell is accompanied on the track by Jenny Keldie on backing vocals, Jane MacMillan on fiddle, Lloyd Reid on pedal steel and James Clifford on bass.

The Astrid co-founder described the track as being “about the grieving process, the longing to have a conversation with someone that’s passed away and my memories of Hebridean funerals. How vivid and alive the memories of people can be once they’ve gone.

“It’s about the day-to-day moments with the people that we love that we inevitably take for granted,” he continues, “cups of coffee and tea and conversations about nothing in particular and the little details in a room that can send your mind spinning into remembering.

“We crave those things once we can’t have them.”

Astrid recently reformed following Campbell’s return from Nashville, releasing ‘Fall Stand Dance’, produced by Edwyn Collins and released on the former Orange Juice frontman’s AED label.

Previously alongside Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody Campbell was a founding member of indie collective The Reindeer Section which also included various members of Teenage Fanclub, Arab Strap, Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian and many others.

More recently Willie has been releasing records as The Open Day Rotation and has three critically-acclaimed albums: 2008 debut ‘Down by the Head’, followed by ‘Toxic Good Toxic Bad’, and in 2018 ‘New Clouds in Motion’, the latter produced by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian).

More at www.williecampbell.co.uk

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