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.”