Following the release of his long-awaited new album Mirage last Friday, Ben Lukas Boysen has shared the video for the kaleidoscopic lead track Medela. Embodying the shape-shifting feel of the record, its improvised 3D mapping brings the sonic optical illusion to life.
"Having known Ben for many years and frequently collaborated on both his and my projects, we both felt it was time to change things up a bit. My gut feeling pointed towards a more photographic approach as the starting point and knowing he is intrigued by the aesthetic of computer games, I looked into ways of creating 3D scans of his head.
Since we were not looking for a highly realistic representation of Ben, I bent the rules and combined several different images taken from different perspectives and locations to create various delusions of the real world, a mirage so to speak.
The idea for the Medela video came quite naturally while we were working on the cover art. Since all the groundwork was already laid down and partly "thanks" to the Covid 19 lockdown, I spent all my time animating, distorting and texturising some of the created 3D sculptures that nicely melted together with Ben’s music and the result became this video for the fabulous track Medela." — video designer, Torsten Posselt
The third album to be penned under his own name proceeding his Hecq moniker, Mirage follows 2013’s Gravity and the acclaimed 2016 full length Spells, a record as much admired by his peers as it was loved by fans that not only yielded remixes from Max Cooper and Tim Hecker, but also opened Jon Hopkins’ Late Night Tales compilation. Since then, Ben collaborated with cellist and composer Sebastian Plano on the score for David OReilly’s landmark innovative video game Everything. It was added to the long list for the Best Animated Short at the 90th Academy Awards, making it the first video game to qualify for an Oscar.
As with Gravity and Spells, Ben has an array of musical guests featuring on Mirage, including long time collaborator, Berlin based cellist and composer Anne Müller and Australian saxophonist and composer Daniel Thorne — for whom Ben wrote parts specifically, having heard his 2019 solo debut Lines of Sight.
· watch the video for Medela
· stream and order Mirage on LP · CD · DL
"A transformative and transportive body of work" — Rough Trade's Album of the Month
"Ben Lukas Boysen casually merges digital and analogue on this outstanding third solo album" — Uncut
"Not everything is what it seems on the new record from Erased Tapes man Ben Lukas Boysen" — NME's This Week's Big Vinyl Releases
"Ben Lukas Boysen makes music I can best describe as inner peace" — NPR's All Songs Considered