photography by Nikolas Tušl
When you check out the instagram page of Cold Cold Nights, you are a bit surprised. It is almost empty, even though the Czech post rock-indie folk band, consisting of the 4 members Jakub, Štěpán, Kryštof and Daniel, has been around for several years.
“I like repetition and keep things simple. It seems to me that simplicity actually makes the music stronger and can often express emotions without the need for lyrics,” Štěpán Oves, who plays the guitar, bass and synths, said about their music at the time. And maybe the same is true for their insta and that with the new single and the soon to be released album, they don’t want to carry too much of their old baggage with them in order to focus entirely on the new work. In any case, it’s promising and exciting and we look forward to more.
“The album is called “10 Years Later”. It’s a bit of a joke, because it took us 5 years to record it, but mainly it’s a reflection of how time passes by and how people and things change (or not). It is a collage of memories of people and places and feelings and plans…that sometimes took a completely different road. I’ve written the lyrics as if I was writing my diary. Actually some parts are genuinely just taken from my diaries from childhood or college. The album was recorded DIY in about a dozen different studios and spaces.” tells frontman Jakub Jirásek.
“The video was shot in Berlin, mostly in real locations where I used to live or work or just chill.”
“11 Rue de Médicis”, is thus the first single of it and has become a truly catchy, toe-tapping indie-rock pop song. The accompanying self-directed music video shows Jakub in different scenes around Berlin and beyond. Alone, but not lonely, arriving at a new place, searching a bit for “his” place, being part of a city, and becoming part of the city himself. “It was the first time I directed a video in which I also play the main character.” he says. “It was shot in Berlin, mostly in real locations where I used to live or work or just chill. It was shot on 16mm and had a very limited budget. The DOP, Filip Rejč, is my long time collaborator and friend who also shot our first music video. It’s a slightly ironic depiction of how I feel everytime I move somewhere new, which has happened to me quite often throughout my whole life.”
Enjoy the video below:
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