Watch: New Mimi Goese/Ben Neill Video


Arresting ballet-style
interpretative clip for “If You Lie Awake,” a song from their forthcoming


By Blurt Staff


Mimi Goese (singer/songwriter from ‘80s minimalist punk/pop
group Hugo Largo) and Ben Neill (composer/instrumentalist and electro-acoustic
inventor) are premiering the video for the track “If You Lie Awake”
from their forthcoming record Songs
For Persephone
(out Aug 30 on Ramseur Records), an album based on
their massive multimedia work which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
last year.





The album was inspired by new technology and the natural
beauty of New York’s Hudson
Valley, as well as the Hudson River School of painting. Goese and Neill
started with a fragment of a different 19th century Romantic piece as the
foundation for each of their songs. The songs reflect the increasing influence
of classical music in the work of contemporary artists including The National,
Sufjan Stevens and the Decemberists. Goese and Neill reference Mahler, Berlioz,
Bruckner, and others of the Romantic era to create a new form of lyricism that
is contemporary yet colored with the dynamics and patina of the old music
filtered through digital processing.


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