Black Tar Water - Video Premiere (Boston Globe) / by Chris Baum

Bent Knee's new music video for Black Tar Water, the second single from Say So (out 5/20 on Cuneiform Records), was just premiered by The Boston Globe. You can read the article and watch the film at

Via The Globe:

"Bent Knee, a hard-working, stylistically uncontainable sextet of witty virtuosos whose members found one another at Berklee College of Music, is set to release its third studio LP, “Say So,” next week on the respected avant-rock indie label Cuneiform Records. Having performed the entire album at a Jamaica Plain concert in January and releasing a video for lead single Leak Water in April, the band notches up anticipation for the new LP with a second clip, this one for the moody song Black Tar Water. Via e-mail, Bent Knee bassist and backing vocalist Jessica Kion divulged some of the video’s secrets:

'Black Tar Water is about escaping depression and cleaning up the mess it’s made of you. The lyrics circle around thoughts of deflated self-esteem, while the phrase ‘black tar water’ refers to anything evil or poisonous in the world. The music video spawned from the idea of escaping a bad situation and starting anew. The main character sheds his self-made shell and experiences a ‘matrix’-style rebirth as he tears down a barrier to become completed soaked in light.

“The creation of the video was really fun and quite challenging. With a budget under $2,000 and a crew of eight (five of which were band members), we filmed over the course of a 15-hour day inside of a small shed, with videography by Eric Freeman and stunning acting by Jake Brasch. [Bent Knee guitarist] Ben Levin and I acted as writers, directors, set designers, smoke-machine operators, food runners, makeup artists, editors, and producers. My brother Tyler Kion came up from New York just to lend a hand and artistic eye.'"