music, film and photography project by Dean Chalkley

‘New Perspectives’ project photography by Dean Chalkley

New Perspectives premiering at the Museum of Youth Culture, London

February 18 to February 27, 2022

New Perspectives is an innovative project by photographer Dean Chalkley, known for his work for Dazed & Confused, Mixmag and currently NME, in partnership with Sunspel.

Chalkley invited six British musicians (Aman Suganami, Kitty Liv Durham, Laville, Lewis Durham, Nick Corbin and Solomon Douglas) to collaborate on writing and recording a track in just 48 hours at Durham Sound Studios. They have formed Phono 48 and their first 12″ single So Pure will be released on February 18 via Big AC Records. New Perspectives documents the project, with a photography exhibition, a short film, a publication and the release of the limited edition single on vinyl.

“When I came up with the idea for the project, I had a simple goal: to bring people together in a spirit of collaboration to create something from scratch. There was no blueprint – no existing bars, lyrics or rhythms, just the prospect of a free-form musical exchange. It would take them on a journey into the unknown…” (Dean Chalkley)

Sunspel CEO Nicholas Brooke said: “Being able to facilitate such a unique, uncertain concept New Perspectives: music, film and photography project by Dean Chalkleyof what the final piece was going to be, was really exciting. It was really important to us that this project be natural, organic and respect the creative process. For me and our creative director David Telfer, it was about supporting artistic talent and helping to create something unique.

Chalkley captured all the action over the two days in an extensive series of documentary-style photographs. “I watched and listened, quietly collecting and preserving these special moments on my camera. The most magical moments were when the musicians were in their own world making music and me and the team were almost invisible”.

“Of course we wanted to make a really good record, but the studio chemistry between the musicians was just as interesting to me,” says Chalkley. He began creating a film with art director Ciaran O’Shea of ​​Discordo Studio, with different abstract elements reflecting the creative journey. “Like the recording, none of this was set in stone and it had to be very organic, a free-form piece”. music journalist Andy Thomas.

So Pure by Phono 48 will be released on 12″ vinyl via Big AC Records on Friday February 18th and will also be available for download/streaming on all digital platforms.

“All the classic tropes of regular late ’70s jamming… You can’t go wrong with that.” (Record Collectors Magazine)
“A Modern Soul Monster” (Blues & Soul Magazine)

The Private View will unveil photography via large prints and screenings, the short film will premiere, guest DJs will spin So Pure alongside their own selections. DJs include Femi Fem, Kurtis Powers, Noble & Heath and The BIG AC All-Stars.

“By listening to the record and seeing all the visuals, I hope you can get a sense of what happened during those wonderful 48 hours and the energy that went into it.” (Dean Challey)

New Perspectives: music, film and photography project by Dean Chalkley
‘New Perspectives’ project photography by Dean Chalkley

Pre-order So Pure here

Youth Culture Museum here

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