Next to Me, which came out last month is the second single from Gates of Light; a lockdown collaboration album by singer/ songwriter Louise Quinn and producer Bal Cooke in Glasgow, DJ and producer Scott Fraser in London, Kid Loco in Paris and film director/ photographer Tim Saccenti in New York. With it growing out of lockdown, The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss the music and the plans.
TF: You have a new video out, what has the reception been like to Next to Me ?
People seem to have really responded to the gentleness of Next To Me; Fiona Shepherd described it as having a lullaby quality and I think in these uncertain times people might need a bit of comforting and reassurance… There’s quite a few mixes of it and radio has played them all. It was difficult to decide which version to put on the album but the version we went with was produced by Bal (Cooke) and Scott (Fraser) and just seemed to capture the essence of the collaboration; it was a chance meeting with Scott at the Berkeley Suite in Glasgow which lead to us collaborating with Scott on a track called Together More which was remixed and released by Andrew Weatherall on his Birdscarer label in 2019 and which the Guv’nor himself described as ‘sublime magik’.
TF: And can you sum up the track in one sentence?
Andrew Weatherall and Sandy Denny taking magic mushrooms in a field in Lanarkshire.
TF: And what was it like to be working with Grant McPhee on the video, who we all know for his music docs?
It was amazing working with Grant on the video; he has such a stunning visual flair and an impressive body of work. He didn’t have a lot of availability with his hectic shooting schedule for Outlander and the only day he could shoot was the rainiest day Glasgow had seen for a while; so we had to shoot under the cover of trees in Newlands Park and through the window of our flat whilst our one year old twins took their nap. Grant used a 1963 Eclair camera and shot on film which gives the video a really lush timeless quality. I think it compliments the track really well.
TF: What are the rest of your plans for 2021, any gigs on the cards?
We have a few plans for 2021; everyone is keen to carry on the collaboration and we plan to work on a trilogy of films with Grant. We’ve been offered a few gigs, so just finalising plans.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
I really loved playing Doune The Rabbit Hall with DAWNINGS; it would be nice to play there again.
Photo courtesy of Tim Saccenti