Following the release of their third studio album Gas Lit out now on Invada Records, the heavy multi-dimensional duo Divide and Dissolve surprise with a remix of “Far From Ideal” by Chelsea Wolfe. The track is released today on all digital platforms and is accompanied by a video directed by notable indigenous music video director Amber Beaton.
“Chelsea Wolfe’s remix of the already gargantuan Divide and Dissolve track Far From Ideal was a dream to film a music video for. My main goal was to match the energy both artists brought but to also turn it into a love letter to indigenous women, particularly Māori women who are still feeling the effects of colonization and forced religion today. Our spirituality was made illegal and this video calls to summon back our own indigenous gods, many of whom were human like Hine Nui Te Po depicted in this film”. – Amber Beaton
“I’ve been a fan of Divide & Dissolve for a while, keeping their name on a running list in my head of bands I’d love to tour with. Over the pandemic, Takiaya and I became friends. She called me up one day and asked if I’d want to remix one of their new songs and the answer was a resounding yes. I felt drawn to the groove of Far From Ideal, and with Takiaya’s encouragement, I ended up singing over the remixed version of the music. I sent a note with the lyrics, explaining them a bit: that I envisioned Takiaya and Sylvie onstage as elemental forces that can’t be denied, empowering others with their music and presence, and their message to destroy white supremacy. “Scarlet threads” refers to biblical blood – “entire nations built & forged in cruelty” acknowledges the horrors of colonization, genocide, and forced Christianity on Indigenous peoples. The part after that is head held high, a “fuck you” to those who feel that there is any semblance of that being ok. I was overjoyed with the powerful video Amber Beaton created for this.” – Chelsea Wolfe