••• 10 Songs •••
Scottish indie royalty Travis return with a new track titled ‘A Ghost’ and reveal album details for ’10 Songs’.
Frontman Fran Healy made the video himself on his iPad during this current COVID lockdown period. Fran also had a helping hand from his son Clay, who helped in making the brilliant video.
‘A Ghost’ is the second track to be released from the band’a new album titled ’10 Songs’. ‘Kissing In The Wind’ was released in December last year, a track which at the time looked like a stand-alone release.
Talking about how the album came about Healy had the following to say,
“Travis are like every other band. We exist as friends on the road. When we come off the road, we barely talk to each other.
“But lockdown has become a bonding thing. We’ve been doing these projects which have taken a lot of work. But it’s been good. We are communicating every other day with each other.”
Talking about the ‘A Ghost’ video Fran also said,
“The video started out as a mocked-up picture of me and three ghosts playing the last chorus of the song in a deserted alleyway.
“Just when everything was ready to shoot, the world went into lockdown, so we had this great song with no way to make a video, so I decided to draw it.
“It worked out that it would take around 30 days, with 2500 drawings. Most of the animation is rotoscoped, and one day I was watching a sequence back and when it got to the end, it flashed and went into live-action. This was the moment I realised I could shoot the mock-up picture of me playing with my band of ghosts in the alleyway.
“It was clear that filming the last 47 seconds would save me 10 days of drawing, I could recruit my 14-year-old son Clay as the cameraman as he has a drone, and most importantly, we could film it socially distant. It was the most bizarre video shoot I have ever worked on, but it turned out great.”