Bonobo & Nick Murphy Explore Life's Overwhelming Mundanity in Trippy 'No Reason' Video: Watch

Bonobo ft. Nick Murphy, "No Reason"
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Bonobo ft. Nick Murphy, "No Reason"

Why is it so relatable watching Alice grow into a giant inside that tiny Wonderland house? Because we've all felt that way at one point or another, disconnected from our own world, somehow floating in lost space and time, unable to get a handle on exactly who we are or what is going on. Life can be a struggle, even when it is most beautiful.

That's a theme director Oscar Hudson explores in his treatment for Bonobo's latest single “No Reason,” a dreamy, disconnected tune featuring moving vocals from Nicky Murphy, formerly known to fans at Chet Faker. It's a clip inspired by the emotional surreality of Alice in Wonderland and 2014's Oscar-winning Birdman.

“‘No Reason’ is such an evocative track, and it was clear from the start that our video would need to reflect this potency,” Oscar says in a press release. “Simon/Bonobo mentioned the inspiration behind the new album came from his relationship to landscape and place whilst on tour. Whilst researching these themes, I learnt about the Japanese phenomenon of the Hikikomori- young Japanese people who become so overwhelmed by the pressures of life that they retreat to their bedrooms for years at a time. This felt like a such a fascinating intersection of physical & psychological spaces, and so from this I set out to make a film that through an inventive physical concept tried to link environment directly to psychology. We achieved the film using only in-camera physical effects and we designed an entirely new way of moving our miniature camera to get it to fit through the tiny doorways. Doing this film with CGI would have been a thousand times easier, but for me, it’s physicality & imperfections are what make it different, and I hope better.”

Bonobo is on the road in support of its most recent LP Migration with a live tour. Check the full list of dates below and get your tickets online now.

2017 Migration Live Tour

February 2017
15: HAMBURG, DE - Docks
16: BERLIN, DE - Columbiahalle
17: COLOGNE, DE - Live Music Hall
18: FRANKFURT, DE - Batschkapp
20: AMSTERDAM,NL - Paradiso
21: GRONINGEN, NL - Oosterpoort
22: UTRECHT, NL - TivoliVredenburg
25: LONDON, UK - O2 Academy Brixton
26: LONDON, UK - O2 Academy Brixton
27: DUBLIN, IE - Vicar St.

March 2017
01: LEEDS, UK - O2
02: MANCHESTER, UK - Apollo
03: GATESHEAD, UK - Sage
04: BEXHILL, UK - De La Warr Pavilion
08: PARIS, FR - Olympia
09: STRASBOURG, FR - La Laiterie
10: LYON, FR - Transbordeur
12: ZURICH, CH - Volkshaus
13: MILAN, IT - Fabrique
15: BARCELONA, ES - Razzmatazz
16: MADRID, ES - La Riviera

April 2017
12: OAKLAND, CA - Fox Theater
14: INDIO, CA - Coachella Festival
21: INDIO, CA - Coachella Festival
24: TORONTO, ON - Danforth Music Hall
25: MONTREAL, QC - Metropolis
26: BOSTON, MA - House Of Blues
28: NEW YORK, NY - Terminal 5
29: PHILADELPHIA, PA - Electric Factory

May 2017
01: WASHINGTON, DC - 9:30 Club
02: RICHMOND, VA - The National
03: ASHEVILLE, NC - Orange Peel
05 - 07: ATLANTA, GA - Shaky Beats Festival
05 - 07: TODD MISSION, TX - Middlelands
11: ASPEN, CO - Belly Up
12: DENVER, CO - Red Rocks
13: LAWRENCE, KS - Granada Theater
15: COLUMBIA, MO - Blue Note
16: ST LOUIS, MO - Ready Room
18: CHICAGO, IL - Concord
19: MILWAUKEE, WI - Turner Hall
20: MADISON, WI - Orpheum
21: MINNEAPOLIS, MN - First Avenue
24: VANCOUVER, BC - Commodore
25: VANCOUVER, BC - Commodore