This is Video of the Week from Wales Arts Review. We’ll be showcasing some of the best art in Wales with a new video shared every week. From music to drama and everything in between, videos will not be limited by medium. Today’s video continues our week marking the theme of ‘Embracing Equity’ for this year’s International Women’s Day, with a look at ‘No Umbilical’, the new music video from emerging Welsh artist, Bethan Lloyd.
There’s a surreal feel to this week’s Video of the Week as we take a look at the new music video from up and coming artist, Bethan Lloyd. Lloyd is a Welsh artist whose trance inducing vocals expand over an ocean of rave inspired production, harmonic layering and otherworldly ecstasy. Her sonic exploration has taken her from training as a classical singer, immersing herself in Berlin’s experimental music scene, to learning with shamans, masters and the ancient teachings of the natural world.
Lloyd’s lyrics delve into the philosophy of animism. The video for ‘No Umbilical’ was shot on a now vintage handheld camera, on the outskirts of Berlin, in a decaying building where nature tries to regain a hold, No Umbilical, both aurally and visually, places itself in a liminal space between past and present, consumerism and ancestry.
Lloyd recently featured as BBC Radio 6’s “Sunday Girl” and is due to play at the Focus Wales festival in Wrexham later this year. Her forthcoming album, Metamorphosis will be released this spring.
You can watch the video for ‘No Umbilical’ below:
‘No Umbilical’ is available now and is streaming on Bandcamp.
Bethan Lloyd’s new single ‘Aria’ is available from today.