Watch the premiere of Donator’s folk-horror-inspired “Lover’s Leap” music video
Donor – “Lover’s Leap” (2021)
Fans of folk horror, rejoice! Director Adam Murray and Los Angeles-based band Donator have released a new music video dripping with folk horror references. We half expected Angel Blake to make an appearance. The melody is deceptively catchy and joyful, the flowers are in full bloom, juxtaposed with blood and horror (as we love it). A floral mix of torture and titillating tunes. Here’s what Murray had to say on the long road to completion and collaboration with Donator.
I first spoke with Morgan (half of Donator) in 2019 about making a music video, and the concept we had at the time was a completely different idea for a different song. It involved a tap dance act and mannequins coming to life at night, and was more inspired by movies like Stormy Weather and Pennies from Heaven.
Then the Covid lockdown happened and it was all thrown out the window. As the vaccinations rolled out and I felt comfortable having multiple people on a set again, I reached out to Morgan and asked if he wanted to start working on something together again. .
He had recently moved to a new location and sent me pictures of his garden. I saw the interior of the garage, the shed and the really beautiful ivy and flowers that were everywhere and almost immediately jumped at the idea of doing something with folk horror influences.
I pitched the idea to Morgan and Nick, wrote storyboards and we were all on the same page. As soon as we got the idea locked, I immediately reached out to my friend Dave Child, who plays the head of the Flower family in the video. He’s one of the people I originally had in mind for the first concept video, and I knew I needed him to make this whole idea work. Thanks to Lola Blanc’s help, I was put in touch with Zoe Kirkpatrick, whose work as a contortionist I had seen in Fatal Collective: BLEED, and I wanted to involve her to really make things scarier.
Visually, I was most inspired by the English folk horror of the 1970s. The wicker man, Blood on Satan’s claw, and the Doomwatch movie. Italian horror too, like The beyond and All the colors of black. And obviously Environment, because Environment rules.
There is a vague narrative throughout the video, but at the end of the day I did my best to mix British folk horror visuals with deepwood Appalachian nightmares.
I really want to showcase our crew and cast because we put this together on a shoestring and filmed it on some of the hottest days of the year. Every member of our team is amazing.
Isaac, Marhyan, Chelsea, Dre, Mitsie, Jim, Daniel, Bonnie, Joe, Richelle, Jake, Beck, Tom, Dave, Zoe and Morgan and Nick. It literally wouldn’t have been possible without some extremely talented friends.
Watch the full video below:
The DONOR is Morgan Brandon and Nicholas Merrick of the Valleys of Los Angeles, CA. Combining bass guitar and synth engines, they produce a wide and energetic sound with influences ranging from 90s grunge / indie / electronic elements combined with psychedelic, punk and bouncy French disco sounds.