Nataal exclusively reveals the Jamaican icon’s latest single and video, Let It Rain
The word ‘legend’ gets bandied around a lot but when it comes to Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, it’s no mere hyperbole. His phenomenal influence extends way beyond the music industry, with it keenly felt in Nicholas Daley’s brilliant AW19 collection, which was named Black Ark after the Jamaican studio of the famed producer.
Happily, the 83-year-old musician is showing no signs of slowing down as he adds yet another album to his impressive discography. Created with long-time friend and collaborator, dub pioneer Adrian Sherwood, Rainford looks set to be his most personal album yet and drops at the end of May. The title is a reference to Perry’s birth name and the nine-track work, which was recorded in Jamaica, Brazil and the UK, is described by Sherwood as “The most intimate album Lee has ever made, but at the same time the musical ideas are very fresh.”
Lead single, ‘Let it Rain’, drops today and comes complete with a video created by artist and musician Peter Harris and animator Llyr Williams, which makes use of specially commissioned imagery in addition to drawings taken from The Higher Powers Bible - From Genesis to Revelation, an ongoing collaborative work between Perry and Harris. It is informed by the producer’s faith: “Some people don’t believe in the Bible, but I believe in it because I live in the Bible,” Perry says.
The video is split into two sections and depicts heaven and hell. The former is full of Perry’s spiritual influences – the likes of Marcus Garvey and Haile Selassie – and the latter shows fire and brimstone-filled scenes with bankers, British prime ministers and a certain unpalatable US president.
‘Let It Rain’ by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is out now on On-U Sound. Rainford is released on 31 May 2019 . Pre-order your copy here .
Published on 01/05/2019