Following the release of their third studio album Gas Lit out now on Invada Records, the heavy multi-dimensional duo Divide and Dissolve surprise with a remix of “Far From Ideal” by Chelsea Wolfe. The track is released today on all digital platforms here and is accompanied by a video directed by notable indigenous music video director Amber Beaton, who comments:
“Chelsea Wolfe’s remix of the already gargantuan Divide and Dissolve track Far From Ideal was a dream to film a music video for. My main goal was to match the energy both artists brought but to also turn it into a love letter to indigenous women, particularly Māori women who are still feeling the effects of colonization and forced religion today. Our spirituality was made illegal and this video calls to summon back our own indigenous gods, many of whom were human like Hine Nui Te Po depicted in this film”. – Amber Beaton
Chelsea Wolfe adds, “I’ve been a fan of Divide & Dissolve for a while, keeping their name on a running list in my head of bands I’d love to tour with. Over the pandemic, Takiaya and I became friends. She called me up one day and asked if I’d want to remix one of their new songs and the answer was a resounding yes. I felt drawn to the groove of Far From Ideal, and with Takiaya’s encouragement, I ended up singing over the remixed version of the music. I sent a note with the lyrics, explaining them a bit: that I envisioned Takiaya and Sylvie onstage as elemental forces that can’t be denied, empowering others with their music and presence, and their message to destroy white supremacy. “Scarlet threads” refers to biblical blood – “entire nations built & forged in cruelty” acknowledges the horrors of colonization, genocide, and forced Christianity on Indigenous peoples. The part after that is head held high, a “fuck you” to those who feel that there is any semblance of that being ok. I was overjoyed with the powerful video Amber Beaton created for this.” – Chelsea Wolfe
Divide and Dissolve concludes, Chelsea Wolfe’s remix resonates like a dream. We are fans of Chelsea Wolfe and became friends during the pandemic. This remix between Divide and Dissolve and Chelsea Wolfe envisions an Indigenous future. A decolonial future where Black, Indigenous people, people of colour experience freedom and liberation. This is a manifestation of our existence and an acknowledgement of the past present and future. A place where white supremacy does not exist. Experiencing Amber Beatons brilliant work on the music video transported us to a different plane of existence. We are forever grateful for this evocative connection.
DIVIDE AND DISSOLVE
Shot, Edited, and Directed by : Amber Beaton
Produced by: Lisa Wolf
Charla Hawaikirangi (hine nui te po)
About Divide and Dissolve
Divide and Dissolve create instrumental music that is both heavy and beautiful, classically influenced yet thrillingy contemporary, and powerfully expressive and communicative. It has the ability to speak without words, and utilises frequencies to interact with the naturally occurring resonance.
Recommended for the fans of: James Baldwin, Osa Atoe, Adriene Davies, the ocean and freshwater, breathe/breathing, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Afro Futurism, Indigenous Futurism, indigenous soverignty, slavery abolition, resistance, the forest, bodies of water, being submerged, the railroad, and Ai Ogawa. Invada mail order web-store exclusive variant pressed on clear / green marble effect vinyl, comes with digital download card.
Find out more here: http://www.divideanddissolve.com/home-page