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Video Premiere: Dietrich Strause – Call to Me


Folk-Americana singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dietrich Strause releases his new album this month (29 April) via Jeffrey Foucault’s Blueblade Records imprint. You and I Must Be Out of My Mind is described as an exploration and discovery of loss, hope, desire and disillusionment through images of love-worn soldiers, scrambled weathervanes, listless sailors and drifting satellites lost in an open heart.

Now based in London, Strause will be launching his album at London’s Green Note on Wednesday, 4th May.

Taken from the album, we have the pleasure of sharing the accompanying video for Call to Me. The B-roll footage supplied by Ian Cheyney and put together by Strause, which he touches on below, works incredibly well. The ethereal sonic backdrop and echoing piano notes part-way through could almost be made for this footage. Strause’s film editing skills are as adept as his sonic creations. There is a minimalistic and contemporary feel to his arrangements, giving the song a delicate gauze-like quality, evoking both tenderness and fragility. Combined, it’s a stunning song and video.

I wanted to speak to the ebb of friendships, the distance and separation that can grow over time. The feeling seemed so simple and fundamental that I wrote it using just two chords. It was a two-chord song until co-producers Sam Kassirer and Shane Leonard got their hands on it and they added a gratuitous third chord in the third verse. They wondered what good was lulling the listener with two chords if you weren’t going to pull a third one out halfway through the song just to surprise them. They were right.

The video is a collection of footage filmed by a documentary filmmaker, Ian Cheney. Several years ago he made a beautiful impressionistic visual documentary called “Bluespace” about Mars and waterways on Earth. He graciously handed me a drive of B-roll footage and I edited together this video for “Call to Me” – drawing on “Bluespace” for inspiration.

Strause co-produced the album with engineer Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens), Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive) and Shane Leonard (Anna Tivel). They recorded at Great North Sound in Parsonsfield, Maine, where Dietrich frequently works as an engineer, session musician and handyman. The production style reflects Strause’s relationship with Great North Sound, a converted 1800s farmhouse. Experimental and playful, open and warm. Muted pianos, synth trumpets, vibraphone, marimba, analogue tape delays, and dream-like vocals stretch across the eight-track album in an adventurous collaborative effort.


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