After unveiling their beautifully rich single ‘Bend‘ in February this year, fast-rising artists Curtis Walsh and Anna Pancaldi have now returned to share the poignant official video for their latest release.
Working in collaboration with director Morgan, the new visuals look to create a reflective awareness that we are all experiencing due to the pandemic’s restrictions. Because of the lack of social contact and everyone forced to wear face masks, seeing another human being has become a rare sight in these times and this new video looks to remind us of the simple beauty of merely seeing another individual.
Speaking about the new video, Anna said, “The poignancy of the video feels ever so visceral, especially during a time when we have so missed seeing faces, expressions and full smiles without determining that just from people’s eyes over masks. We hope this is a moment people watching can fall into and immerse themselves in our song and the beautiful people.”
While Curtis adds, “I’m so hyped about this video! if I was to sum it up I would say: “with new lessons come new faces, but you will not learn until you see through their outer beauty”.
And as Morgan explains, “A hopeful heart an empty stare I’m nervous”.
“When I heard this line from ‘Bend’ for the first time, I really felt how it related to everyone and the situation we find ourselves in. The simplest thing of seeing a face has been put on hold. It’s the most basic way of communicating, I’ve noticed how much more difficult it is to read people. It’s so hard not seeing the faces we love, and we all have hopeful hearts that this will all be over soon. I love the track, and how simple and beautiful it is, that I wanted to produce an effective message to compliment it. Bend not break.”
Director Morgan is a renowned artist whose work centres around the mediums of acrylic, oil, spray paint, pencil, pen, marker, brush, wacom, camera, dremel, and screwdriver. He has exhibited in Dublin, London, New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Vancouver, Denver and France so far, and was previously nominated for an IMTV Video Music Award.
Since his early childhood, Curtis Walsh has been immersed in music. Growing up in the suburbs of Dublin, artists such as U2, Oasis, and Adele became the soundtrack to his earliest years, slowly impacting the way in which he would grow to love and appreciate music. But it wasn’t until his discovery of Ed Sheeran that his inspiration was truly awakened and he began to write music for himself.
But things weren’t always that easy. Having a harder and more troubled childhood than most, Curtis’ musical ambitions were sometimes derailed by his personal life, leading sometimes to focus more on survival than his musical career. But it was his label that helped carry him through the tougher times in his life. They were there to make sure he finished school after almost dropping out at sixteen, and they also convinced him to sit his Leaving Cert (the Irish equivalent of an A Level).
After finishing school, Curtis was more than ready to hurl himself into the music industry with everything he had, releasing his debut single ‘Full Recovery’ just one month later. The track itself reflected the world in which he had grown up in. Written when he was fifteen about one of his close friends, it became an emotionally wrought offering that earned him more than one million streams on Spotify and praise from the likes of Clash Magazine.
From there, he released his debut EP ‘Breathe’ in May 2019, which has garnered more than 15 million streams to date and showcased him as a far more matured artist as well. Rather than just writing simply structured songs, acts like Bon Iver and Jon Hopkins opened his mind to the possibilities of where he could take his music and become something bigger and more adventurous than most.
Throughout the COVID pandemic, Curtis decided to take the opportunity with both hands to figure out the kind of artist he wanted to be. With little to no influence or inspiration from the outside world, and no live shows to trigger his creative juices, he began to focus more on his own style and sound. Swapping personal stories for more existential questions about life and its meanings, he felt that the lockdown had served as a positive time for self-reflection and a chance for him to explore new ideas and avenues within his direction.
And while the lockdowns have shifted his focus on the artist he wants to be, his drive and ambition remains relentlessly unchanged. Curtis Walsh is looking to become even more adventurous and prolific in the coming years, with a more reassured feel as to who he is and wants to be seen as. Get to know Curtis Walsh more through this wonderful video feature.
ABOUT ANNA PANCALDI
London based singer-songwriter influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley and Carol King proves a rare talent and someone to remember with her mature, deep, diverse vocals and thought-provoking music.
With three Top Ten’s in the singer songwriter iTunes charts, Anna has gone on to tour in the UK, Europe and the US, opening for the likes of David Ryan Harris (John Mayer’s guitarist), Jake Isaac and Fatai, as well as headline shows in NYC, LA and Nashville.
Anna has performed on CBS LA TV, had her music featured on hit US TV shows such as ‘Pretty Little Liars’, ‘Famous in Love’ and also featured in and soundtracked a Levi’s campaign amongst others. Anna has had the support of Radio 1, 2, BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing and over 2.5 million streams on Spotify having featured in playlists such as ‘Easy’, New Music Friday’ and ‘Most Beautiful Songs in the World’.
Anna is currently working on a full length album and working on various sync projects after the release of three EP’s and her brand new single written in LA titled ‘How Do I Live with the Blue’ is out now!
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