Colder On… the Cult Films That Inspired His Many Colours Album

November 10, 2015 Free Association

Words MARC NGUYEN TAN

Song ideas and inspiration often come to me while watching movies at night. Like a seed. Then you have to take care of the seed and turn it into a song through a whole process which is in part creative, in part technical. I think it’s in general quite boring for people to hear about the technical part of songwriting, and on another hand, I don’t think you should write about or reveal the creative part because you’re breaking the illusion, unveiling it.

So instead of sharing the stories behind Many Colours, I thought it would perhaps be more interesting to share its visual sources, and point precisely to the movie—and sometimes the scene—that inspired each track from my new album…

1. “MANY COLOURS”
Jigoku (Nobuo Nakagawa, 1960)
The Opening Scene

2. “ANOTHER YEAR”
Tomorrow’s Saturday (Michael Grigsby, 1962)

3. “TURN YOUR BACK”
The Hour-Glass Sanatorium (Wojciech Has, 1973)

4. “STATIONERY REMOTE ANGER”
Sombre (Philippe Grandrieux, 1998)
The “Bauhaus” Scene Around 1h 16′

5. “MIDNIGHT FEVER”
Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg, 1991)
The Car Ride Scene At 1h 28′ 46″

6. “ON A FLAT AND EMPTY LAND”
Pastoral: To Die in This Country (Shûji Terayama, 1974)
The Circus Part Around 1h 11′

7. “KEEP FOR YOURSELF”
Le Cas Howard Philipps Lovecraft (Pierre Trividic/Patrick Mario Bernard, 1998)

8. “YOUR KIND”
Kosmos (Reha Erdem, 2010)
Opening and Ending Scenes

9. “SILENCE”
Yume No Ginga (Gakuryû Ishii, 1997)

‘Many Colours’ is now available through Not Available / BATAILLE. Check out more Colder videos below and an interview about his new direction here.