GALYA BISENGALIEVA’S VIDEO “BARSA-KELMES” OUT NOW
DEBUT ALBUM ARALKUM OUT SEPTEMBER 4 VIA ONE LITTLE INDEPENDENT RECORDS
July 3, 2020—Galya Bisengalieva shares single and video “Barsa-Kelmes” off of her debut album Aralkum, a work centered on the disastrous shrinking of the Aral Sea, due September 4 through One Little Independent Records (Björk, Poppy Ackroyd). Check out the video:.
The video premiered with Boiler Room’s 4:3.
The shrinking of the Aral Sea has been called one of the worst environmental disasters on the planet. Situated in Central Asia, it was once the fourth largest lake in the world. But the rivers that fed the Aral were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects from the 1960s. It has been disappearing ever since.
“It was important to me that this was made by somebody, who, like myself, grew up with the story of this disaster, as well as visiting the area and experiencing the devastation first hand,” says Bisengalieva. “I felt that making a music video was important to convey the horror of the Aral disaster, as it’s not well documented in the West.”
Director Damir Otegen and his team are based in Bisengalieva’s hometown of Almaty, Kazakhstan. “This story is about a being who lost everything in life and makes a desperate attempt to return everything to its place,” says Otegen. “Something mystical is happening. Whether it is a dream or a parallel reality, we don’t know. But one thing is clear: we see death, the death of the sea, and the death of everything connected with it.”
The Kazakh-British violinist has established herself among experimental composers as the leader of the London Contemporary Orchestra, having contributed her distinct playing to projects including Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool, Thom Yorke’s Suspiria soundtrack and Frank Ocean’s Blonde. Her solo works, EP One and EP Two, focused on fields of tone and sawing drones, with the latter exploring more complicated digital landscapes.