James Dean Bradfield has premiered a video for The Boy From The Plantation which will feature on his new album Even In Exile when it’s released on August 14th.
Bradfield’s second album recorded away from the Manic Street Preachers following 2006’s The Great Western, Even In Exile will focus on the life and death of Chilean musician, teacher and political activist Victor Jara through Bradfield’s music, accompanying lyrics from Welsh poet and playwright Patrick Jones.
This video has been directed by longtime Manics collaborator Kieran Evans, who says:
“James and I have been collaborating on visuals for the record but we didn’t want this track to just be a performance piece. We wanted it to connect with Chile itself and to reflect where Victor Jara had come from, what the backdrop to him growing up looked like. I spent a long time looking for Chilean archive footage from the ’40s and ’50s, a lot of it ended up being jingoistic stuff shot by and for Americans.”
“Eventually, I came cross a mass of footage shot by one person who’d travelled the country over a period of time and recorded all aspects of Chilean life on his cine camera. The period of that footage being roughly the years Victor was alive.”
Even In Exile tracklist:
The Boy From The Plantation
There’ll Come A War
Seeking The Room With The Three Windows
Thirty Thousand Milk Bottles
Under The Mimosa Tree
From The Hands Of Violeta
Without Knowing The End (Joan’s Song)
The Last Song