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Algiers reveal lo-fi VHS-shot clip for "And When You Fall"

28 September 2015, 16:03 | Written by Laurence Day

Gospel rebels Algiers have revealed their visuals for new single "And When You Fall".

Lamb & Sea, who directed the jarring clip, along with the vids for "Blood", "Black Eunuch", and "Irony. Utility. Pretext.", say:

"The video focuses, albeit abstractly, on the idea of observation and surveillance in our society particularly in our cities via the relentless and invasive accumulation of information… the video takes reference from the step and repeat edits seen in Ernie Gehr’s ‘Serene Velocity,' abstract streets scenes as observed by Peter Hutton's ‘New York Portraits’ and the erratic patterns in Len Lye’s film ‘Free Radicals’ while also leaning towards the pace of Cabaret Voltaire’s '80s video output.”

Algiers’ Ryan Mahan adds:

“For me, Franklin's lyrics in 'And When You Fall' transcend the traditional contours of revenge narratives, promising instead a collective revolutionary justice awaiting all oppressors. The excels in representing how this demand for substantive justice and collective consciousness is distorted and disembodied in modern times, partially through the incessant flow of capital and information. The song also owes a debt to early Mute Records recordings, most notably The Normal. The video lays bare this influence by referencing Cabaret Voltaire's 'Kino,’ and repurposing the early synth pioneers, from Fad Gadget to Throbbing Gristle, with an interest in J.G. Ballard and the politics of post-industrialism."

Algiers' self-titled debut LP is out now via Matador. We spoke to frontman Franklin James Fisher about a great many things when it was released.

Check out the "And When You Fall" video below.

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