Max Cooper invites us into his brand new project ‘Maps’ through the first instalment in ‘Weakness Of The Flesh’, a spine-tingling ballad full of mysteriousness that is further accentuated by the accompanying short film that matches the intensity of the audio with captivating choreography.
‘Weakness Of The Flesh’ sees classical Indian vocalist Samad Khan enlisted on collaborative duties, whereby Cooper utilises the mesmerising melodies created by Khan to further inject that sense of enthralment. This is highlighted further through the spell-binding choreography shown in the accompanying short film, whereby the pivotal points of the audio are met with stunning passages of movement that fully encapsulate the messaging hidden in the track.
“I was struck by the raw, textural aspect to this dance project, with the vast concrete space, the dirt on Emma’s face, the writhing intensity and the stuttering clones. It seemed to me to be peaceful and smooth as well as violent and rough at the same time. I tried to bring some of those combinations into the soundtrack, using binaural recordings of my fingers scrubbing against rough concrete surfaces and a wind chime making disorganised melodies. For the synth elements, I played several layers live while trying to mimic the movements of the dance, often being compelled into moments of discordance and strange edits. I stuttered the sounds to sync with Kevin’s clone actions, and followed a slightly unusual arrangement defined by the visual sequence rather than by musical considerations.” – Max Cooper