With her debut album A Common Turn set for release on January 29th 2021 via City Slang, London-based singer-songwriter Anna B Savage has unveiled her new single & video “Corncrakes“.
Written after reading The Outrun by Amy Liptrot and The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, Savage speaks about the inspiration behind writing the song saying: “At this moment in my life, I was entering a seismic shift. I felt like I was getting clues from the universe, and all I needed to do to ‘work it all out’ was piece them together. These clues came in the form of birds – in this instance a corncrake. I now see the corncrake as a layout for a theme: something tangible, but imperceptible, evident but not necessarily visible.”
The video, created by nature producer Chris Howard (Planet Earth Live, Springwatch, Autumnwatch) is for Savage, “the perfect representation of happiness, confusion, longing, desire, sadness, and also a stoicism that has run through me, all at the same time, for the last few years. The breadth of some of the shots make my heart ache, with both joy and a real sadness that I won’t get to experience them myself for the foreseeable.”
“I was absolutely chuffed when Chris Howard agreed to do this music video for me. Chris is a nature producer extraordinaire and old friend. In fact, my sister’s ex boyfriend. While we haven’t seen each other in many years, we’ve kept in small amounts of contact and during lockdown especially he’s been encouraging me so kindly and generously in my musical and twitching tendencies. It was such a joy to be able to communicate with him regularly, share in my vision and see how my work inspired his, resulting in this gorgeous video which I will probably watch all the time but with the sound off.”
Listen to & watch “Corncrakes” below: