TesseracT and Skyharbor songwriters unveil second album Atone
And reveal a two-part film for the songs “Evelyn” and “Tempest”
“Evelyn” – watch above – is the prequel in a duology with the previously released song “Tempest” – watch below.
White Moth Black Butterfly vocalist Daniel Tompkins explains further the connectivity between the two songs and how the band’s vision was brought to life within the rugged & stunning backdrop of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park in Scotland.
“’Atone’ is a big step up in terms of our sound and forward thinking. Two aspects we were keen to have running throughout the music, artwork and visuals were that of nature and nostalgia, so when the opportunity arose to include an old friend with an interesting occupation, we jumped at the chance! It transpired our friend, Darren Mitchell, is a ‘Warrior’ for the Duncarron Medieval Village and Clanranald Trust in Scotland, and is employed as a film extra in battle re-enactment – I was immediately intrigued.
Having always wanted to shoot a video in Scotland, as it’s such a beautiful place, this was the perfect opportunity to create a piece of art that, for once, had an interesting and unusual concept. The videos for ‘Tempest’ and ‘Evelyn’ are both connected and filmed in The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and the Duncarron Medieval Village. The symbol that can be seen in both videos represents the heart and soul of the Duncarron people, and with the help of Jordan Turner, we created a contemporary dance that would unleash its power. The videos touch on themes of loss and abandonment, but also faith, courage, and rebirth. To add to the mystic and creative nature of the project, we decided to release the concluding episode first. We couldn’t be happier with how both videos have turned out, and with the help of Richard Oakes and Adam Leader of Dark Fable Media, the quality of the visuals far exceeded our expectations.”
White Moth Black Butterfly are a contemporary pop project with progressive and experimental music at its heart; initially created by Daniel Tompkins as a creative outlet aside from his writing with TesseracT to indulge in his other musical influences ranging from Massive Attack, Enigma, Sigur Ros, David Bowie, Michael Jackson to Tool, Dredg and Thrice. On the evolution of White Moth Black Butterfly Daniel explains “What started out as a creative outlet has blossomed into a fully-fledged musical project. Writing music with Keshav, Randy and Jordan has been an inspiring and invigorating process and one that has allowed us to explore new sounds through contemporary vocal work and organic instrumentation.”
Their new studio album Atone, the follow up to White Moth Black Butterfly’s 2014 self-released debut One Thousand Wings; which was recorded across the globe at studios in India, the UK, US and Taiwan, is masterfully built on organic, textured and cinematic soundscapes, with two opposing themes of loss and hope. Tompkins explains – “Whilst songs like “Tempest” and “Atone” focus on faith and forgiveness, others like “Rising Sun” and “An Ocean Away” linger on love and nostalgia; throwing the listener into a bygone world of having less and caring more. The front cover artwork captures the beauty of nature and the harsh realities of life: power and dominance. White Moth Black Butterfly represents that very same struggle.”