Berne is a London-based duo merging ethereal vocals and dreamy soundscapes into emotive reverb-laden alt-pop songs. Their upcoming first release ‘Oceans’ is driven by dramatic vocal lines and earthy drums - think Joy Division meets The xx meets Kate Bush.
WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE SONG?
‘Oceans’ expresses the struggle to understand why people are threatened by diversity and criticizes societies for only protecting and providing for their own.
‘Oceans’ is a response to the diplomatic stand-off among European leaders over the fate of 32 migrants who were left aboard The Sea Watch 3 for eighteen days in December 2018 - January 2019 in Mediterranean waters.
We were closely following this news story over Christmas last year, and with every day that passed, we could not bring ourselves to believe that this was allowed to happen, that human beings were without basic human needs for so long while politicians were enjoying their Christmas feasts. Because Oceans is about the beauty of diversity, we wanted to make sure that Oceans is accessible to more people. We think that music is more than a collection of sounds and the message in a song can go a long way.
TELL US MORE ABOUT THE SIGN LANGUAGE IN THIS VIDEO?
We were introduced to British Sign Language performer Tyron Woolfe and discussed our ideas with him. He appreciated the lyrics but made us aware that as most lines are quite abstract, it will be difficult to sign the entire song so we selected the parts that would work best and captioned the song on YouTube. We were blown away by the energy and passion in Tyron’s performance on the day.
We have worked with Rainland Studios on this video. They immediately got on board with what we wanted to do and with the message that we wanted to send out.