Pains & Pleasures of Intimacy
Lorentzen and video director Johan Anderson have made a series of conceptually-linked videos for these songs that tell a continuous story of compulsion, spirituality, and the hazards of love. The action in the clips is driven by a beautiful woman and a demonic, long-haired bartender – a dangerous-looking character – whose potent supernatural powers are put on destructive display.
Lorentzen and Anderson have taken great care with these clips: they were shot through vintage lenses and presented in a wide-screen format, just like an old movie. Nods to Bergman and film noir will be apparent to buffs; others will simply appreciate the richness of the cinematography and the intriguing nature of the narrative.
Lorentzen grew up in Tromso, Norway – above the Arctic Circle – a place where the sun doesn’t rise for months at a time – and that chill is present in every black-and-white frame.