Divide and Dissolve debut 'Far From Ideal', a Remix by Chelsea Wolfe
Image by: Jaimie Wdziekonski (@sub_lation)
Released today on all digital platforms, the track is accompanied by a video directed by celebrated indigenous music video director Amber Beaton, who comments: “My main goal was to match the energy both artists brought, but to also turn it into a love letter to indigenous women - particularly Māori women who are still feeling the effects of colonisation and forced religion today. Our spirituality was made illegal and this video calls to summon back our own indigenous gods, many of whom were human like Hine Nui Te Po depicted in this film”.
Check it out below:
Speaking on the collaboration, Wolfe said: “I’ve been a fan of Divide & Dissolve for a while, keeping their name on a running list in my head of bands I’d love to tour with. Over the pandemic, Takiaya and I became friends. She called me up one day and asked if I’d want to remix one of their new songs, and the answer was a resounding yes. I felt drawn to the groove of Far From Ideal, and with Takiaya’s encouragement, I ended up singing over the remixed version of the music. I sent a note with the lyrics, explaining them a bit: that I envisioned Takiaya and Sylvie onstage as elemental forces that can’t be denied, empowering others with their music and presence, and their message to destroy white supremacy. “Scarlet threads” refers to biblical blood - “entire nations built and forged in cruelty” acknowledges the horrors of colonisation, genocide, and forced Christianity on Indigenous peoples. The part after that is head held high, a “fuck you” to those who feel that there is any semblance of that being okay. I was overjoyed with the powerful video Amber Beaton created for this.” Divide and Dissolve commented: "This remix between Divide and Dissolve and Chelsea Wolfe envisions an Indigenous future. A decolonial future where Black, Indigenous people, people of colour experience freedom and liberation. This is a manifestation of our existence and an acknowledgement of the past present and future. A place where white supremacy does not exist. Experiencing Amber Beaton's brilliant work on the music video transported us to a different plane of existence. We are forever grateful for this evocative connection." DIVIDE AND DISSOLVE http://www.divideanddissolve.com/ https://www.invada.co.uk/collections/... https://facebook.com/divideanddissolve http://twitter.com/dividedissolve https://instagram.com/divideanddissolve CHELSEA WOLFE http://chelseawolfe.net https://sargenthouse.com/chelsea-wolfe https://facebook.com/cchelseawwolfe http://twitter.com/cchelseawwolfe http://instagram.com/cchelseawwolfe VIDEO CREDITS Shot, Edited, and Directed by : Amber Beaton https://www.amberbeaton.com/ https://instagram.com/amberbeatondire... Produced by: Lisa Wolf Actors: Charla Hawaikirangi (hine nui te po)