“These Wicked Things”
Words: Steve Smith
Image: Dan Hulting
Carpenter, via email, explained how the video came to be:
“These Wicked Things was mixed in Tucson, Arizona, with Craig Schumacher at Wavelab, where so many great recordings have been made. I love working with Craig and hiking out to the desert and just exploring the world. For the video, I traveled to New Mexico with director Dan Huiting, a super creative filmmaker with an incredible eye, and met the very talented actress Julia Lee Romero, who lives there. One of my favorite living artists, the Brooklyn-based artist Danijel Žeželj, created all of the stunning black ink drawings for both the record and the video. The song has a lot of dreaming and mirage in it, with a certain distance and longing, and I thought the wide expanse of the white sands really captured that perfectly.”
Coming March 22 on the Innova label. These Wicked Things will include an original 18-page graphic novelette by Croatian artist Danijel Žeželj, widely admired for work published by DC Comics through its Vertigo imprint (El Diablo, Corinthian: Death in Venice, Luna Park), as well as his 2011 collaboration with bandleader Darcy James Argue, Brooklyn Babylon.
The album is available for pre-order now via Bandcamp, on CD and limited-edition vinyl as well as a variety of download formats (including lossless). Beat Circus will celebrate the release in a series of live showcases far and wide—including a hometown hit at Somerville’s hip ONCE Ballroom on March 23 and a Brooklyn showcase at National Sawdust on April 25, also featuring kindred spirits Tredici Bacci.