Matthew and The Atlas: Pale Sun Rose

by Sergio Penzo


A fisherman saves himself from a tempestuous sea in the folk group’s maritime video. “The shoot for this video was so cold, I even fell in the sea at one point,” says former Boardwalk Empire star and Donmar veteran Charlie Cox of filming the video to Matthew & The Atlas’ new single, “Pale Sun Rose”. Made before Christmas by Neil Coxhill, who has worked with Garbage, Zero7 and Elton John, Cox plays both characters in this mysterious narrative played out on the coastline in Sussex, England. The landscape provides the perfect backdrop to the British band’s elegiac indie folk that is composed from electronic beats and acoustic strings. “I’d been exploring ideas of how time changes your perception of memory through my lyrics, and Neil took that and created this story,” explains songwriter Matthew Hegarty. “Everyone had their own opinion of the story is about,” adds Cox, who has also appeared in the UK hit period drama Downton Abbey. “I think the businessman is a figment of the fisherman’s imagination.” Next up for Cox is a biopic about Stephen Hawking, Theory of Everything


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