For her new music video to the track "Bath is Black," off of her upcoming mini-album That Iron Taste (out later this winter), Hackman headed to a pedestrian tunnel running below the River Tyne in Newcastle, where she spent a couple of freezing hours plugging away at her guitar. "[The tunnel] was built in 1951 and isn't used much nowadays, so it has a really eerie feel to it," explains the musician, adding, "Because it's so long, any noise echoes all the way through, which meant the sound was great for a live performance—and a bit spooky!"
Indeed, there's a winsomely haunting quality to the track, which places Hackman's vocals--think the lovechild of Nico and Joanna Newsom--front and center. "I think it's good for people to see musicians playing in a stripped back way. I think it results in a more honest video, which stands out in an industry where formulaic, big budget music videos are constantly being pushed," she argues.
We'd have to agree--and if you're anything like us, it will only have you waiting in anticipation to see what else the British musician has up her sleeve. But before then, if you hear anything strange while listening to our exclusive premiere of the "Bath is Black" video, don't be too alarmed; "The lifts at each end of the tunnel were constantly going up and down and making eerie booming noises, which you can hear in a couple of the videos, adding a bit of atmosphere—but no uncovered murder victims or ghost sightings, even though it's a pretty creepy location!"
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS