First Look: Holcombe Waller's "Bored of Memory"

1.12.2011

By Out.com Editors

Behold Holcombe Waller's brand new video for his song "Bored of Memory" off of his upcoming album Into the Dark Unknown, due out on February 22nd:

 

 

Speaking about the clip Waller says:

The actors in "Bored of Memory" are essentially recreating my first date with my boyfriend. I am behind one of the two cameras, but what's in front is pure fictionalized autobiography. On our first date back in the Summer of '09, my boyfriend Blake and I headed out to "Rooster Rock" State Park -- a spot on the Columbia River Gorge originally named "Cock Rock" by famed historical Northwest explorers Lewis and Clark because of a highly phallic natural basalt stone obelisk that stands there on the Oregon side of the river. Not ironically, today "Rooster Rock" is Portland's main gay nude beach, and one of the eight wonders of the world in terms of it's natural beauty. Co-director Alicia J Rose and I thought that a romantic, nostalgic afternoon shoot in this beautiful location would play off of the song's lyrical themes of war, memory and loss -- kind of an homage to the recent overturning of "don't ask, don't tell" and repressed romances of yesteryear. Alicia and I also thought that combining Super-8mm film with high resolution digital footage would create a compelling contrast of formats, each more "real" than the other -- like a memory wrapped in a memory. To imbue the video with the most intimate vibe, we committed to editing the entire thing in bed (just BFFs!).

To recreate my first date with Blake the actors revisit the exact locations, activities and objects from that day -- including my weird "vacation" camping blanket, a few apples, some knitting and a vintage copy Fitzgerald's The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám that my grandmother gave me. Additionally, the actors "find" a beautiful rhinestone necklace in the sand -- also a family heirloom of mine passed down from my grandmother -- representing the discovery of something both new and ancient, real and illusory, and as beautiful as you make it, much like new love.

Keep your eyes on Out.com in the upcoming weeks for a Face to Face interview with Holcombe Waller and several intimate Soundcheck performance clips. For more info on the singer-songwriter, check out his official website and follow him on Twitter.

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