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"Cirrus" is a 2013 instrumental performed, written and produced by British musician, producer and DJ Bonobo. Released as the first single from his fifth studio album The North Borders, the song did not chart but in 2014 the song was featured in a Vodafone advert. The song premiered on Giles Peterson's BBC Radio 6 on 19 January 2013. It was released on 1 April 2013 worldwide and on 2 April 2013 in North America.

CompositionEdit

"Cirrus" was performed, written and produced by Bonobo.[2] The song contains complicated drum patterns and live instrumentation.[3]

Release and receptionEdit

The song was released as the first single from his fifth studio album The North Borders.[1] It premiered on Giles Peterson's BBC Radio 6 on 19 January 2013.[4] The track was released on 1 April 2013 worldwide and on 2 April 2013 in North America.[5] Although the song did not chart, the song was featured in a Vodafone advert in 2014.[6]

The song has been met with positive critical reception. A writer for Fact magazine called the track "a twinkling slice of fairy-light house", noting it to be "delicate" while also containing a "slightly steelier edge" that deviates from his style.[7] Jason Grishkoff from Indie Shuffle found the song "pursuing the same sound" of his previous four albums, characterizing it as "absolutely perfect" for San Francisco rain.[8] Phillip Yung of Earmilk stated the track "immediately" gives the listener "a spacey organic feel" and found the slide bass during the middle to give it "much anticipated weight",[9] while Amy Heaton of Kaltblut magazine wrote the song was "the perfect soundtrack" to come out of hibernation to, calling it "one big loop of elation".[10]

Music videoEdit

American Thrift opening title

The music video manipulates footage from the 1962 film, American Thrift (opening title pictured).

A music video created for the song by Cyriak on 24 January 2014.[11] The video manipulates footage from American Thrift, a public domain film from 1962 depicting American consumerism.[10][12][13] Cyriak borrowed inspiration from Zbigniew Rybczyński's film Tango,[14] and obtained the film through the Prelinger Archives through the Internet Archive, calling it "a goldmine for us video artists."[12] The video clocks in at 3:23, and, Template:As of, has obtained over 3,000,000 views on YouTube.[15]

Critical reception for the video has been positive; Kimber Streams of The Verge called it "beautifully surreal",[5] whereas Oli Kruscher of DropoutUK said that it "would slot smoothly into Monty Python's world [and] will take you on a mind-bending trip".[3] Andrew Tarantola of Gizmodo reckoned it would be "what doing acid with the Beav would be like".[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jeffries, David. Review: The North Borders. AllMusic. Retrieved on July 9, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Template:Cite AV media notes
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kuscher, Oli (25 January 2013). Video: Bonobo 'Cirrus'. DropoutUK. Retrieved on January 6, 2014.
  4. Ruff, Megan Jean (January 2014). Bonobo – 'Cirrus'. House of Balloons. Retrieved on January 6, 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Streams, Kimber (26 January 2013). Animation and music collide in 'Cirrus,' Bonobo and Cyriak's incredibly trippy music video. The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved on March 27, 2014.
  6. Staff writer "Paul" (20 January 2014). Vodafone – Winter Sale. TV Ad Music. Retrieved on March 27, 2014.
  7. Bonobo drops new single (plus probable album countdown). Fact. The Vinyl Factory (23 January 2013). Retrieved on May 2, 2014.
  8. Grishkoff, Jason (24 January 2013). What's so good?. Indie Shuffle. Townsquare Media. Retrieved on January 6, 2014.
  9. Yung, Phillip (24 January 2014). Bonobo – 'Cirrus' [Audio + Video]. Earmilk. Retrieved on January 6, 2014.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Heaton, Amy (20 May 2013). Bonobo – Cirrus!. Kaltblut Magazine. Retrieved on January 6, 2014.
  11. Bonobo (1 March 2013). Cirrus Video. Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Cyriak (26 February 2013). Bonobo Cirrus Official Video (2013). Internet Archive. Retrieved on March 27, 2014.
  13. Cone, Justin (28 Jauary 2013). Cyriak: Bonobo 'Cirrus'. Motionagrapher. Retrieved on January 8, 2014.
  14. Holmes, Kevin (28 January 2013). Cyriak's Video For Bonobo's 'Cirrus' Is A Cascading Visual Mantra. The Creators Project. Vice Media. Retrieved on March 27, 2014.
  15. Bonobo (24 January 2013). Bonobo: Cirrus [Official Video]. YouTube. Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
  16. Tarantola, Andrew (29 January 2013). Bonobo: Cirrus. Gizmodo. Gawker Media. Retrieved on January 6, 2014.

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