New Release & Video: Richard Dawson & Circle – Methuselah

Photo Credit: Antti Uusimaki

Last month, Richard Dawson & Circle announced their collaborative album Henki. Due on November 26th, each of its seven tracks deal with very special plants throughout history.

Having previously shared “Lily” – with a video starring snooker legend Steve Davis; today, Dawson and the Finnish band reveal the next single from Henki, the eight-and-a-half minute “Methuselah”. Over ominous keys and driving guitars, “Methuselah” is bookended by passages about Donald Currey (1934-2004) who became famous for unintentionally felling the planet’s oldest living tree: the very thing he had been seeking.

Watch the video below…

The video for “Methuselah” was directed by Samuli Alapuranen who adds: “The trembling stasis presented in the aesthetics of the music video for Richard Dawson & Circle’s song ‘Methuselah’ appropriates the subjective time frame of the world’s oldest living organism, the bristlecone pine, translating that into a mould that better fits the human attention span. To illustrate time’s relativity, the video imagines and visualizes human motion as captured by the compound eye of arthropods. The seemingly immobile human artefacts caught in an Escheresque conundrum of provocative directionlessness evokes a temporal illusion in which the fly-like speed of the viewer’s visual senses reveals the fictional nature of our sensory perception. The flow of things is in essence static, rendering a stumble down the steps ominously immobile and virtually imperceptible. The visual choreography for the song was filmed in various locations, using the modern-day panopticon, the smartphone.”

Additionally announced, Richard Dawson will be in conversation with journalist and broadcaster Ben Thompson to discuss the album and more at Rough Trade East on December 6th 2021.

Circle are Pekka Jääskeläinen (guitar), Julius Jääskeläinen (guitar), Jussi Lehtisalo (bass, voice), Mika Rättö (keyboard, voice), Tomi Leppänen (drums) and Janne Westerlund (guitar, voice). Richard Dawson plays guitar and vocals. Henki was mixed by Antti Uusimäki and mastered by Christian Wright.