A shiver went down my spine as soon as the fuzzed-out cymbals on TORPOR’s new video for “Accidie” began crashing over my head! This band creates earth-shattering sludge with a layer of almost industrial heaviness that’s pinned my brain cells to the cold cement and steamrolled my synapses. The guttural depths this music reaches with the croaking vocals and abyssal basslines is difficult to describe, so you’re going to have to experience it for yourself below. Their third album Abscission comes out via HUMAN WORTH on September 15th — get it here — and 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Second Step, a leading mental health charity in Bristol and the South West. Right now, watch our premiere of TORPOR’s new video for “Accidie,” directed by Oliver Melville.
Thematically, the video reflects the theme of living things beginning as, and returning to, carbon — the cycle of birth, death, and renewal. The trio perform against stone walls, with vignetted leaves and branches framing many of the shots. The beaming white of the sacred burial cloth used throughout the video is contrasted against the oft silhouetted lighting of the band and their gear — a juxtaposition enhanced greatly by the resonance of the black and white gradient. “My feeling was trying to make the video as claustrophobic as possible,” confirms director Oliver Melville.