Following widespread praise for his recently-released LP Playground In A Lake, Clark shares the cinematic video for Small.
Starring the track’s vocalist, 12 year old choir boy Nathaniel Timoney, the video captures perfectly the album’s vision of a polluted, drowned world and the betrayal of innocence. It was filmed at Grain Tower Battery where the mouth of the Medway meets the Thames, and required careful planning to allow for changing tides and safe weather for a boat, from which parts were filmed. Small was directed by Broken Antenna, whose credits include promos for Riz Ahmed, Kamaal Williams, Hak Baker and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.
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Broadly a story about climate change, but told in mythological terms, the album Playground In A Lake is about the last human on earth, the betrayal of an innocent child and becoming a grown-up; growing a shell over our lost young selves. "It’s the playground we bury and a drowned planet; an extinction myth” states Clark. An elegant eulogy to this planet, or a peaceful passing, the warm, rich saturated synths and soft vocals of 'Small' appear as poetic lament, rather than angry protest.
The haunting visuals were shot on the remote Isle of Grain in Kent, which can only be accessed at certain times of the day due to the tide.As well as scoring the guests’ parts, Clark himself sings, plays Disklavier, piano, synths and cello, often manipulating things electronically.