Sons of Raphael Goes Back to Analogue for One Shot Video 'Siren Music'

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Black Dog Films shot 'Siren Music’ on film, then processed and graded on the negative
Sons of Raphael Goes Back to Analogue for One Shot Video 'Siren Music'

Sons of Raphael - AKA brothers Loral and Ronnel Raphael - today unveil the official music video for their brand-new track ‘Siren Music’, directed by Loral Raphael and produced by Black Dog Films.

The video was shot in slow motion, but synced with the music, meaning the duo had to dance to a sped-up version of the track. Opting for an analogue production process, ‘Siren Music’ was shot on film, then processed and graded on the negative.

“You won’t achieve this grade in any digital colour grading, no matter how great your grader is, it’s the kind of thing that only exists in film, it’s the material developing to its true nature. Each grade alters the negative forever, so we had to put a lot of trust in the process itself.” Manoela Chiabai, producer, Black Dog Films.

‘Siren Music’ also marks the band's second collaboration with illustrious cinematographer Manuel Claro (Melancholia, The House that Jack Built). The video choreography from Tom Heyes is a literal representation of the song’s lyrics as Loral and brother Ronnel violently rise and fall - ‘Magic carpets carry our souls, moonwards a city rises and falls’ - and culminates with them slumped stagnant on the ground, ‘nameless we lay dead on the floor’.

“In terms of aesthetic and technicality, I always shoot on film, but this time I wanted to keep the whole process 100% analogue. No editing, no digital grading or any aftereffects. When we make music, we record everything on tape, and we mix everything on a desk with no computers involved. It only makes sense to do the same when making a video.“ director, Loral Rapheal.

The single follows the release of ‘He Who Makes the Morning Darkness’ as the second single to be lifted from their upcoming and yet-to-be-announced debut album, due this year via Because Music (Christine and the Queens, Justice, Metronomy).

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Sons of Raphael: Siren

Label: Because Music UK

Commissioner: Rhian Emanuel

Artists: Loral Raphael & Ronnel Raphael

Director: Loral Raphael

Executive Producer: Martin Roker

Producer: Manoela Chiabai

Production Assistant: Harry Morgan

Editor: D-Fran

Colourist: Dirk Dejonghe at Dejonghe Film Post Production

Production Assistant: Alisa Tritenko

DOP: Manuel Alberto Claro

Focus Puller: Malte Hübner

Loader: Robyn Skead

Gaffer: Leon Pyszora

Electrician: Jake Buckley

Electrician: Jamie Hitchens

Key Grip: Tom Pittman

Choreographer: Tom Heyes

Art Director: Benny Casey

Prosthetics Artist: Malwina Suwinska

Hair Stylist: Tyron Sweeney

Genres: Music performance

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

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