Premiere: Holy ’57 builds a “memory fort” in the video for ‘Canary’

Holy ’57 builds a “memory fort” in the video for ‘Canary’

The touching clip remembers Alex Mankoo’s grandparents, who migrated to the UK from India.

London-based songwriter and producer Alex Mankoo – better known as Holy ’57 – recently released his new mini-album ‘L’, a free-flowing indie odyssey complete with jazzy flourishes and field recordings of his friends and family.

On recent single ‘Canary’, Alex combined jangly guitars, brass and an R&B-lite beat together into an effortlessly lilting and enveloping creation. Now it’s got a brand new video, directed by Owlinspace. It’s a touching clip that sees Alex inhabiting a space filled with photographs and his own grandmother’s saris.

Speaking of the video, Alex explained: “Canary is a song about making sacrifices for someone you care about. So the video is a remembrance of the sacrifices my grandparents made for our family in coming to the UK from India. The tent in the video is kind of a ‘memory fort’ we made out of my grandmother’s old saris, which we filled with objects and photos that related to her life, and I’m in this tent trying to connect to these memories. I like how the video has a dreamy feel that shifts between that sort of imaginary place and a more ‘real’ place where we remember people (the graveyard)”.

Holy ’57 will be headed to the Old Blue Last on 29th October alongside Heir.

Watch the video for ‘Canary’ below.

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