Premiere: Cold Hands Warm Heart take us on a tranquil odyssey with new video, ‘Quartz’

Premiere: Cold Hands Warm Heart take us on a tranquil odyssey with new video, ‘Quartz’

Words by Tom Parker

The clip comes off the back of the band’s first single in four years.

With an affinity for the ethereal and ambient, Melbourne outfit Cold Hands Warm Heart use Genevieve Fry’s compositions as a springboard to create transcendent soundscapes that are tranquil and serene.

Their 2016 self-titled album turned heads across the local music industry and after a four-year gap between releases, Cold Hands Warm Heart have just returned with a new single, ‘Quartz’.

The nine-minute track combines wondrous samples of nature with gentle harp, synth, recorder and guitar. For those battling the mental gridlock of today’s world, take a ride with ‘Quartz’ – an enigmatic journey of relaxation and calm.

The song comes alongside a new film clip shot by video artist Pip O’Brien and directed by Jesse Rasmussen (Four Larks Theatre). Taking us through rural neighbourhoods, open paddocks and along dusty roads, the video is just as composed and celebrates the beautiful-yet-disrupted Dja Dja Wurrung Country around Maldon in country Victoria.

“Uncle Rick Nelson, a Dja Dja Wurrung elder, was extremely generous in agreeing to meet up and chat about the region,” the band said in a statement. “He shared the story of Tarrengower and Lalgambook (now known as Mt Franklin) feuding – a reference to volcanic activity that took place thousands of years ago which was passed down orally by the Dja Dja Wurrung.

“We wanted to capture the essence of this incredible volcanic region; noticing the tiny wildflowers and orchids; hearing a faint buzz and searching for bee hives; the beautiful box forests and iron bark trees; the upturned and degraded soil which is the legacy of the gold rush and farming; the roos, birds, lizards, bull ants; death and new life; this powerful ecosystem that pulsates, phasing in and out with the beating sun.”

Check out the new video for ‘Quartz’ below.

For more on Cold Hands Warm Heart, head to their website, Facebook and Instagram.

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