Mark Fernyhough is ready to show listeners what his new music is all about, and it comes with his recent release of the mystifying track, "Waves (Song for Revolution)."
As an Indie/Post-Punk artist, Mark Fernyhough is paving the way for his eclectic genre. Starting with futuristic collections, combined with reminiscent '80's stylings, the music of Mark Fernyhough falls into secrecy and a bit of seclusion. That element of mystery draws our senses to him, and we are ultimately intrigued by his artistic mindset.
There's serious contemporary energy that emulates off Mark Fernyhough's latest single, "Waves (Song for Revolution)." The music video captures a sling of white and black imagery, focusing heavily on the actual performance of Mark Fernyhough. The visuals certainly fit the theme of "Waves (Song for Revolution)," and go hand-in-hand with the prescribed mood Mark Fernyhough pulsates onto listeners. There's a point the music video reaches where the projected visuals become hypnotizing, leaving you in complete allurement. The dark and poetic vocalism of Mark Fernyhough shines bright, and it's such poeticism that crafts the melancholic and gloomy atmosphere so potently present within "Waves (Song for Revolution)."
Mark Fernyhough knew his audience and manifested a performance worth watching. When it came to the track's narrative, Mark Fernyhough definitely gave listeners a topic to think about, honing in on politics, and historical figures present within those politics. It goes without saying that "Waves (Song for Revolution)" is thought-provoking, and will stimulate your mind in one way or another.
The visuals fit perfectly in line with the ambiance of "Waves (Song for Revolution)". What kind of work went into crafting the music video for this track, and did you come across any obstacles during the filming process?
It was one of the swiftest to complete music videos I’ve directed which I felt reflected the urgency of the song. The featured models are dressed by Swedish designer Lena Quist and I additionally asked them to wear their corona face masks which denote todays doomy climate. The remainder of the video was completed with myself and drummer Agata D’mon performing along to the track. The only obstacles were joggers bounding into the frame adorned in sportswear which just didn’t jive with our vibe!
Can you expand more on the political stance you held within your latest track? Were you at all fearful that the message embedded into "Waves (Song for Revolution)" may not get interpreted the same across every listener?
I purposely leave room for personal interpretation in my songs and art as people don’t appreciate being lectured to. However, with the sources I’ve referenced in the song such as feminist Emma Goldman, Alan Moore, and female poet Marina Tsvetaeva, it’s not hard to decipher which side I’m on.
Let's delve into your style of music, as it's quite eccentric with its potent fusion of various genre stylings. How would you describe your own sound? How do you feel you're paving the way for the specific kind of genre you work with?
As a songwriter with access to modern technology, it’s so easy to experiment and genre hop a little too much when it’s important to have some cohesiveness to your work. Often some self-imposed limitations when recording is a good thing. The upcoming album I’m working on has a blueprint combining electronic-based 80s new wave-inspired tracks with dark indie and post-punk guitar-led sounds. As for paving the way for something I guess I’m combining glamour, politics, art, guitars, literature, and huge unapologetic choruses in way I don’t think others are.
What were some of the major benefits of constructing the music video for "Waves (Song for Revolution"? How do you feel this production accelerated your growth as an artist?
I have very specific ideas of how, visually, I want to represent myself and my music. Creating a strong visual universe to sit alongside my songs is really important to me, and with my art background, I feel the one best qualified to define that. Also writing songs can be quite a solitary act, so it’s nice to emerge from the bunker and live in a music video for a while.
What has been keeping you inspired this year?
I’m proud that the lockdown period ended up as a whirlwind of creativity for me. I wrote and recorded several new tracks including Waves. I’ve also finished editing the music video to my next single Automatic Paintings, which is about overlooked female painter Hilma Af Klint who communicated with spirits. So I’ve been mostly inspired by not getting distracted by the various layers of worldly madness that surrounds us and being wildly productive instead.