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The Cope debut first of trilogy of narrative music videos with Phillip King-sampling ‘I Am Stretched on Your Grave’ 

The Cope debut first of trilogy of narrative music videos with Phillip King-sampling ‘I Am Stretched on Your Grave’ 

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The Cope are David Anthony Curley and Joe Furlong are a Dublin/Berlin duo who bonded over artists like Marie Davidson, Caribou, Beastie Boys, The Blaze, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Soulwax, Rüfüs du Sol and Justice and who released their debut song and video ‘True Romance’ in August.

‘I Am Stretched on Your Grave’ is the followup, and kicks off a trilogy of music videos by writer/director Jamie Delaney (who we last featured here with The SMC)

The song is a brooding reflection of the” loss, love, grief and acceptance that affects the characters in its accompanying music video,” and the key sample, lyric and title come from a 17th Century Irish poem of the same name, sung 17th Century Irish poem, translated to English by Frank O’Connor and set to music in 1979 by Phillip King (Scullion / Other Voices), which is the sample on the track.

There is an inherent sadness in Irish culture and folklore. Woe and heartbreak is deep within the fabric of our people and our history, however it remains ever-present and as potent even still today. “The Cope” interrogates the lengths we are willing to go to in order to hold on to all that we have, or alternatively the lies we tell ourselves to convince ourselves that we are content with who we have become“. 

The video for ‘I Am Stretched on Your Grave’ starts off the trilogy and features Lauryn Canny, Diarmuid Noyes and Jeanie Crystal, who play Sadhbh, Matty and Aoife in the three-part series.

“The Cope is a universal exploration of toxic love. They say love is blind, and in the case of the protagonist Sadhbh (Canny), that is undoubtedly true. Trapped in her relationship, Sadhbh knows things aren’t right. Situations should be better. But with the realisation comes the inevitable self-sabotage. It is easier to ignore slipping back into the comfort of a noxious embrace. All of this is not made any easier by her boyfriend, Matty (Noyes), who weaponises Sadhbh’s insecurities and addictions, trapping her in a cage of her own making.”

Writer/director Jamie Delaney

The Cope play their debut headline show at The Button Factory, Dublin on December 9th.

‘I Am Stretched on Your Grave’ was recorded and produced by the duo at The Clinic Recording Studios, Dublin, mixed by James Eager, and mastered by Stuart Hawkes at Metropolis Studios, London.

Photo: Alina Pagani.

The Cope – “The Cope” tracklist

1. I Am Stretched On Your Grave

2. True Romance

3. End Of Time

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