Huddersfield has become the star of an acclaimed music video.
Beautiful vistas, surprising scenes and gritty urban shots have been captured on film for the latest single of electronic duo Darkstar, The Days Burn Blue.
A marching band and a horse on a silent New Street are just two of the surprise sights in the video, which has been watched online at Vimeo and YouTube by thousands and was given the go-ahead by the pair’s label, the renowned Warp Records.
It has also been watched by thousands of Channel 4 viewers, where it aired as the third in a series of commissions by Warp Records for its Random Acts programme.
The duo, who hail from Cheshire and Wakefield and are signed to the renowned label Warp Records, commissioned London-based video director Lucy Luscombe to create the video to portray coming of age in the town.
Several young people from the town starred in the video thanks to an ongoing project between the band and groups such as Global Diversity Positive Action, some of whom appeared on the duo’s latest album, News From Nowhere.
Members of Huddersfield Youth Brass Ensemble and HD1 Dance can also be seen in the piece, marching in a band down New Street, performing ballet and playing outside alongside mixed urban and rural backdrops.
Jay Young, the producer of the pair, said: “It’s trying to portray life in Huddersfield.
“We took it to our label after Lucy filmed it over three days in the summer and they loved it.
“We worked with some of the young people on the album and thought this would be a good way to give them recognition for their help.
“The video is quite dream like and focuses on what coming of age may feel like outside of London during austerity.
“Dominic Mills of GDPA has helped us to involve these kids and it’s been a good experience for the as it allowed them to be around someone creative, which some may not have had the opportunity to be before.”
Jay hopes to continue working with the youngsters.
“We want to work with Dominic to do more and will welcome any ideas the kids have.
“Huddersfield has a really talented community.”
Lucy talked about her video.
She said: “(It is) a surreal transition from the expectation of childhood to the exhilaration of emerging adulthood to the quiet realisation that fulfilling your dreams in modern Britain is perhaps an impossibility.
“The talent, promise and character I encountered amongst the youth in Huddersfield was overwhelming.
“Really bright kids with big dreams and little infrastructure to realise them. It makes you the wonder what genius is slipping through the net.”