Minor Victories is the supergroup consisted of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Editors’ Justin Lockey, Mogwai‘s Stuart Braithwaite, and James Lockey of Hand Held Cine Club. Today, they’ve announced the release of their debut album.
The self-titled record, Minor Victories, is set to be released on June 3rd. “It will feature Mark Kozelek’s previously reported duet with Goswell, as well as a collaboration with the Twilight Sad’s James Graham,” according to Pitchfork.
The band also released the video for “A Hundred Ropes,” directed by Hand Held Cine Club. The video features a band of samurais charging through a field in slow motion.
Justin Lockley said about the video:
So it’s a one shot.. only actually 10 seconds of real time footage stretched out over minutes, with our humdinger of a tune relentlessly pounding away as the soundtrack! There’s an actual reason for this too! Basically the way I see it, we’re at a point where music videos or as they are most commonly known as nowadays “bits of content for the internets” are so crammed with narrative with an insane and relentless amounts of cuts / editing etc to keep you interested that it’s become the norm to Tony Scott the fuck out of every single frame these days…(we know as we are definitely 100% guilty of this on numerous occasions in the past!) But nowadays to be totally honest it just gives me a massive fucking headache watching music videos most of the time!
So, at the end of the day there’s nothing quite like the simplicity and beauty of a one shot done right… And a bunch of samurai’s emerging from a field and charging towards you at just under 1000 fps in monochrome? Well that’s always gonna look pretty cool whichever way you cut it.
01 Give Up The Ghost
02 A Hundred Ropes
03 Breaking My Light
04 Scattered Ashes (Song for Richard) [ft. James Graham]
05 Folk Arp
07 For You Always [ft. Mark Kozelek]
08 Out To Sea
09 The Thief
10 Higher Hopes