Curt Manor is an emerging alt-folk artist from Sydney, existing in a brooding, heavy-narrative based world. The single of his new clip ‘Adelphi Hotel Nightmare’ was written in and inspired by the hotel of the same name in London. Filmed in the Southern Highlands of NSW at a hotel frequented by Curt Manor when he was a child, the clip takes inspiration from Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and gives a nod to the hedge maze scene in Kubrick’s The Shining.
“It was stylistically inspired by Kubrick’s the Shining and the work of Wes Anderson, in particular, the Grand Budapest Hotel. The concept of having the inanimate Hotel as a character was an exciting concept to work with,” says Curt Manor.
“I used to take an annual holiday with my family in winter to a Grand Hotel for Christmas in July. I’d stay up late and sneak through the hallways and up and down the hidden staircases with my brother. This seemed like the perfect location.”
Curt Manor teamed up with director Samuel Bright and cinematographer Dale Bremner to shoot over a couple days and capture the essence of ‘Adelphi Hotel Nightmare’.
“While I find that every project is different, over time it feels like it gets easier to trust my own impressions or intuition when conceptualising what might work visually to marry with the song. In the case of this song I felt that the vision and music matched well together,” says Samuel Bright.
‘Adelphi Hotel Nightmare’ is taken from the debut EP (May, 2017) from the Sydney newcomer. The release has already gained acclaim throughout the music industry, and with this expertly crafted cinematic clip it hints to big things ahead for Curt Manor.
“(When the Sun is Low is) the first full release from the Sydney alt-folk artist since he began the project last year, and it’s a pretty dang accomplished for a debut EP.” – Pilerats