We’re kind of dishing up a double scoop of ‘firsts’ in this article – first, we are introducing you to Huge Shark, who we have never written about previously and second, you will see the new video for her latest single, created by celebrated Scottish videographer and photographer Robin Johnston.
First things first – who is Huge Shark? This is the solo project of Valerie Polichar, a San Diego-based solo artist with a leaning towards synthpop, but with an ‘old spirit’ feel in her voice à la Máire (Moya) Brennan of Clannad, Órlagh Fallon, Enya, Loreena McKennitt or Rita McNeil (Canadian music lovers should be familiar with at least two of these voices). Here I am referring to not so much the style as that lovely vocal timbre so many female Celtic artists are renowned for. Just listen to Line of Life (Ummagma Remix) to see what I mean.
In all fairness, this is a remix, so let’s also have an audio glimpse at the original track before any reworking occurred. Created by Ummagma, a Canadian/Ukrainian dreampop indietronic group that is no stranger to this blog, this remix is the band’s first published remix (usually everyone else is remixing them). They do a fantastic job in transforming the original bouncy yet minimalistic synthpop track into an electro dub whizz-world of sound and haunting vocals reeling in and out.
Now we come to Scottish award-winning photographer and digital artist Robin Johnston, who filmed and produced the new video to accompany this remix. A lush hazily ethereal creation, featuring Scottish beauty Wendy Jordan. After returning to Glasgow after several years in London, Robin Johnston quickly found new inspiration in his old stomping-grounds. Acclaimed for his feature length video Come Closer, which focuses on everyday lives in the city, his photography work also explores this theme, his image ‘Glasgow Backstreets’ winning the RGI prize in 2013. His work is currently touring the USA.