VIDEO PREMIERE: CURRENT JOYS “MY NIGHTS ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOUR DAYS”
Current Joys is Surf Curse’s Nick Rattigan, and his coming A Different Age project is actually something different: a visual album that matches original video to his original music to create a series of affecting short films somewhere between meditation, narrative and quasi-semi-maybe autobiography. His newest is the found-footage-style “My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days,” which starts as a bristly VHS-fi slice-of-life but somehow slowly sinks into a subtle but suffocating sense of tragedy, thanks to the uneasy contrast between Nick’s especially desolate music and the innocent imagery. Explains Nick:
“’My Nights are More Beautiful Than Your Days’ is based on a movie of the same title directed by Andrzej Zulawski. It’s about a man who is diagnosed with a terminal brain condition which distorts his memories and in the last few days of his life he falls in love. For the video I followed the real life couple, Gabe and Hannah, around the Bay Area for a full day. I attempted to capture a small window of their relationship with digital, film and VHS cameras. The video serves as a fragmented memory of their love, cemented in time regardless of age or circumstance.”
As Nick sings, “I’m too young to be part of the dying breed / I’m too young to see that it’s the breed that’s killing me.” Or as Gabe and Hannah discuss at the film’s conclusion: what’s that exact word for someone so sweet who’s been totally screwed over? So consider this your honest (if not necessarily happy) Valentine, dedicated to the diminishing echo of the perfect instant moment. Current Joys’ visual album A Different Age is out Mar. 2 on the heroic Danger Collective label, and you can pre-order it here—and the record release show is Mar. 9 at the Lodge Room!