Springsteen releases short film for “Hunter Of Invisible Game”

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Bruce Springsteen has released his directorial debut – a short film to accompany his song, “Hunter Of Invisible Game.”

Co-directed by long-term Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, the film sees Springsteen portray a lonely, haunted survivor of an unspecified apocalyptic tragedy, wandering in woodland searching for his humanity, and remembering his friends and family in times gone by.

Rather than what may sound like a sci-fi spectacle, the film is beautifully shot, impressionistic, downbeat and entirely in keeping with the tone and texture of the song.

“For a long part of the year, Thom Zimny and I have been talking about shooting a short film for ‘Hunter Of Invisible Game,'” Springsteen said via his website. “We’ve finally got the job done, and we think it’s one of our best. Thanks Thom for the hard work and brotherly collaboration. You and your crew bring it all. And to all of you out there in E St. Nation, we hope you enjoy! See ya up the road.”

Speaking in interview with Rolling Stone, Springsteen revealed that the song had started as just a title, and only later developed into a full song after he was inspired by some apocalyptic literature.

“The idea of these travellers in the wasteland, and what’s the guy trying to do? He’s trying to hold onto their humanness, their humanity in all of this ruin. That was the idea. That’s who this guy is, the guy who is hunting out remnants of what makes the spirit. It was one of those songs that came together a certain way and I didn’t think much about it when I wrote it. I put it away. Now it’s probably one of my favorite things on the record.”

“Hunter Of Invisible Game” is lifted from High Hopes, Springsteen’s eighteenth studio album released in January of this year. The album debuted at No.1 in charts across the world. Four tracks that didn’t make the album were released separately on the American Beauty EP, which Springsteen released to celebrate Record Store Day in April 2014.

You can watch the 10 minute film via Bruce Springsteen’s official website.

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The Playlist: 1st April 2014

Here’s a selection of music currently vibrating our woofers at Skin Back Alley.

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Saving Grace - The Urgency Chelsea Wolfe - Pain Is Beauty Talk Talk - Laughing Stock Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes

Little Feat - Feats Don't Fail Me Now Of Verona - The White Apple Kenny Wayne Shepherd - How I Go Evile - Skull

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HBO releases Springsteen documentary trailer

Springsteen London 2013HBO have released a trailer for their forthcoming Bruce Springsteen documentary.

Titled High Hopes, the film follows Springsteen as he works on his latest album of the same name. The record was released in January 2014 to critical and popular acclaim, and the trailer for the documentary shows Springsteen recruiting Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and beginning work on the LP.

Speaking about his songwriting in the trailer, Springsteen says: “I find I’m trying to resolve something internally. That’s really the thrust. It’s where all the fuel for what you’re going to do is.”

High Hopes is scheduled to air on HBO on the 4th April, and you can watch the trailer below.

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Springsteen producer talks ‘High Hopes’

BSHighHopesRon Aniello has been discussing his work with Bruce Springsteen ahead of the release of the Boss’ new album, High Hopes.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Aniello reveals that Springsteen called him in December 2012 to let him know he’d got some songs he wanted to record and rework. The songs were finished while Springsteen was on tour during 2013.

Responding to criticism from some Springsteen fans that High Hopes contains old or reworked material, Aniello said: “For any other artist alive, that’s how they make records. It’s, ‘Oh, I got a song. It’s great’ then it just ends up on the record. With any other artist, this would be completely acceptable. And we’re not saying it’s unacceptable to some fans. It’s just if you read fan sites you see people saying, ‘Oh, it’s older songs’.

But you have to understand it has its own story, in my opinion. This is the story of what he’s not willing to put on albums because they don’t fit. But it’s a great Bruce record. It’s a great rock and roll record. The fact they’re older songs doesn’t detract from the brilliance of the record.”

High Hopes is Springsteen’s 18th studio album and is released next Monday 13th January in the UK and from Tuesday 14th January in other territories. It features eight new songs, alongside new versions of previously released tracks.