Gap Series by Trick Mist | 4 | Another’s Tale

Trick Mist is an Irish electronic songwriter based in Manchester. Coinciding with his debut EP ‘Jars in Rows’, Trick Mist presents his ‘Gap Series’. These are videos made for Trick Mist’s music but without his involvement in the process. Multiple artists were invited to respond to a song from the EP and in turn create a reactionary piece of video work based solely on their perception.

Trick Mist -The EP is very observational in nature. I think that’s because I was a new resident to Manchester. Each song on the EP explores specific topics. Change, love, value systems, escapism and acceptance all get a run out. I had this constant image of them all lined up beside each other hence the title ‘Jars in Rows’.

Another’s Tale

The song is about acceptance. It was written after my old dog died! Acceptance is something that is very much drawn from the real world. The song draws from the mystical and the other worldly in order to explore this very real thing. As a story it hopes to be highly visual and emotive much like a fairytale would captivate a child.

Here is the video created by Freddie Leyden:


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Here’s what he had to say about the process…..

Freddie Leyden

The imagery that Gavin had conceived within ‘Another’s Tale’ struck me immediately. The colours and textures were all there in the song. The faded navy blues and greys.
To me it was about the naivety of youth but not in a patronising way. When the song concludes you get a sense that the narrator has learnt something, he has aged, he is looking back fondly.

It made me nostalgic, the visual references I have used are rooted in my own childhood, Lylat Wars 64, The Snowman, Tin Tin. The faces were the last thing I added, I originally wanted it to be placid like a subtly moving landscape but it wasn’t sitting well with me, it seemed fey.
I decided to break it, to superimpose something garish over something pretty.
Finally it started to feel close to complete, the faces for me represent something alien invading what would be a fond memory, trying to mouth Gavin’s words but failing again and again. In the music video for The Pixies “Here comes your man” they just have their mouths gaping open instead of lip syncing, that has always stuck with me, it requests the viewer fill in the gaps.
Freddie Leyden is a director and animator living in London.
He has previously worked Penguin Random house and is currently the in-house animator for the Tate Galleries.
He can be contacted at [email protected]