Oftentimes with songs that I write, I have little to no recollection of creating them. The core ideas for the song are mostly written in an evening or two and then I'll leave them for a couple months and rediscover them. In regards to Samsarsa
, I have thousands of samples of Asian instruments – from all over the continent – that I've collected over the last few years. I remember creating the song around the vocal and glockenspiel samples. The vocals are sung in a Chinese dialect but I chop them up and manipulate them so much that the words are effectively unintelligible. Which is precisely what I'm going for. I'm just as interested in the sound and texture of words as their meaning. And once I'm done reversing, pitching and stretching the vocal, the original meaning of the words is of little value.
In regards to the video, I would say that it follows the same general theme as the video for First Exit
(debut single from the album). I wanted to show individuals performing their craft. Find the rhythm of it – which is very easy to do with synchronised swimming – and relate the energy of it to the track. Songs are effectively stories and I want to do the same thing with music videos. Tell a story that has nothing to do with the song. Show the beauty of it and have the video and audio existing together as a single work of art.