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 is Pluo, from Thallo – Gwynedd and London based artist, Elin Edwards.
The video for Pluo is a collaboration with Welsh channel Lŵp (S4C) and takes inspiration from psychological horror. The video is filmed at the popular ghost-hunting spot, the abandoned Bron y Garth Hospital, a former 1800s workhouse/hospital.
Taking its inspiration from the effects of a sudden illness that Thallo suffered in 2020, which caused chronic pain in her knees and mobility problems, Pluo touches on the strange pain of watching the world return to normal after the lockdown, while Thallo is trapped in what she describes as “my own personal lockdown.” Thallo recalls feeling “so stuck, unable to return to my normal life. But most of all, the song is a cry of fear about the loneliness and despair of being left behind while everyone else moves on.” This sense of crushing despair filters into the video, which is inspired by the psychological horror film genre.
Elin describes Thallo’s sound as “a fusion of jazz, folk, electronic, with complex arrangements” and has caught the attention of BBC’s Huw Stephens and BBC Radio Wales’ Adam Walton as an artist to watch.
Pluo is the second track to be released from Thallo’s forthcoming EP, Crescent, which will be released in October 2022. The track is released with Cosh Records.