Nashville, TN; 15, April 2015: Welsh/Swedish acoustic duo David Llewellyn and Ida Kristin have just announced the release of their animated music video “Only God Knows.” The song appears on their debut duo album “Songs Around The Kitchen Table” released in the US on Feb. 1st 2015 on Norna Music/Dabhand Records.
When writing the song ‘Only God Knows’, David & Ida wanted to convey the really big questions flying around in the world – about the relationship between people and between man and nature – about love and respect. Issues that harken back to the old ”protest songs”, but that seem even more pressing now. But they didn’t want to be preachy but rather add a touch of humor, so that people would be able to take it to heart. The perspective is from human frailty and struggle, with a focus on the wonderment of this world, in hopes that people start appreciating it instead of taking it for granted. As the lyrics ponder: ”Life begins and ends in tears, and quite a struggle while we’re here – then why so precious? Only God Knows…”
To visually impart the ideas and emotions in the song, David & Ida elicited Spanish illustrator Raquel Aparicio and animator Jorge Parras to create an animated music video. Raquel put great care into the visuals of the song, in her bold yet gentle approach with illustrations that were artistic and compelling in their simplicity. Jorge Parras technical and creative expertise as an animator set the song and illustrations to life. Throughout the process, Ida as producer, communicated via Skype and email from Stockholm, Sweden and Nashville TN with Jorge and Raquel in Spain, in a true Trans-Global collaboration. The synergy of the five artists creative efforts, resulted in a music video that has taken on a soul of its own, which is magically the case when music and imagery comes together.
David and Ida divide their time between Sweden and the US. Throughout 2015 David and Ida will be touring in support of their new album, as well as working on several individual and collaborative projects. More info: www.DavidandIda.com.
When God Only Knows Video - http://bit.ly/OnlyGodKnows_DavidAndIda
About David & Ida:
Paired at a songwriting retreat in Sweden in 2008, Welshman David Llewellyn and Swedish Ida Kristin were presented with an afternoon to write a song about a couple sitting in a coffee shop, and discovered a magical connection that has transformed into a finely honed acoustic duo. The spark kindled by this fortuitous collaboration uniting these two acclaimed solo artists, has resulted in the release of their debut folk album, Songs Around The Kitchen Table — a beguiling toe-to-toe recording, infused with tenderness and intimacy. From relaxed songwriting evenings spent around the kitchen table in David’s current home in Nashville TN, the 11-song sparsely scored acoustic album sparkles with seven of David & Ida’s fervent compositions and some well chosen covers.
About Raquel Aparicio:
Born in Ãvila with her twin sister Sae, Raquel spent a few years in Edinburgh but returned to Spain to study illustration and also attended a year at the illustration Academy in Florida. She now lives in Barcelona and since 2006 she has made illustrations for magazines, books and advertising with clients that include: The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Scientist and Rolling Stone (Spain).
About Jorge Parras:
After studying photography, Jorge found his true passion in drawing. His numerous clients include: Man, El Jueves, Quo, and Revista 21 among others.
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