Premiering today, we have an absolutely stunning video for a new single from Mat Ball’s upcoming record, Amplified Guitar, “To Catch Light III.” The solo record of the BIG‡BRAVE guitarist is a much-anticipated study of the relationship between a guitar and an amplifier.
In the video for “To Catch Light III” by Joshua Ford, we get to see a tangible representation of that relationship. A sheer curtain taped to a cab with an amplifier sitting beneath it and wind blowing all around it. Only through the sound of the guitar can we witness the resistance and output of the speakers, seeing the curtain buckle backwards against the wind.
This video is a magnificent vessel for the core of the record’s theme, allowing space, resonance, and feedback to shine through in all of their glory, and a soft imitation of a storm. The clean, crystalline quality of the visual complementing the stark and uncontainable nature of the sound. Sustained movement and hypnotic sound are only made more impactful with the accompaniment of a visual that settles into a similar groove.
The song itself is a meditative, breathtaking piece. The third movement in the “To Catch Light” composition on the record, it does a wonderful job of capturing the natural state of a guitar’s sonic output. For these single-take songs, Mat’s hand only offers shaping and conduction for the lightning that is the sound, and the guitar is the star.
Watch the video for “To Catch Light III” here:
Amplified Guitar is out July 1 via The Garrote, and you can preorder it here.
And catch Mat on tour with BIG‡BRAVE at the following dates:
July in Europe
7 – Dublin IE @ Bello Bar
10 – Birmingham UK @ Supersonic Festival
August with SUMAC + TASHI DORJI
8 – Chicago IL @ Lincoln Hall
9 – Detroit MI @ The Sanctuary
10 – Toronto ON @ Lee’s Palace
11 – Montreal QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
12 – Cambridge MA @ The Sinclair
13 – Brooklyn NY @ The Market Hotel l
14 – Philadelphia PA @ Underground Arts
15 – Baltimore MD @ The Metro Gallery
17 – Asheville NC @ The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
18 – Durham NC @ The Pinhook
19 – Atlanta GA @ The Earl
20 – Nashville TN @ DRKMTTR
21 – Columbus OH @ Ace of Cups
Featured photo courtesy of Stacy Lee