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IDES OF GEMINI - Releases New Video

USA based atmospheric-doom-spirit-conjurers Ides Of Gemini released the moon-moving tones of their Carthage/Strange Fruit 7" via Magic Bullet Records last month in honor of Record Store Day. In celebration of this moving piece of history, the band has crafted a haunting visual accompaniment to their reinterpretation of the tune. The solemn video for the B-side track "Strange Fruit" was directed by singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of West Coast dark-psych unit Black Mare. "Strange Fruit" was written as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937, and set to music famously by Billie Holiday in 1939, the song stems from Meeropol's original protest piece against the racial lynchings that marred the early 20th century in America. It has been covered many times over since - including versions by Nina Simone, Lou Rawls, Annie Lennox, Jeff Buckley, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Diana Ross, Tori Amos, and countless others. "The first time I ever heard "Strange Fruit" I was immediately taken by the powerful imagery in the lyrics before I even knew the historical implications of them. Though this song was written as a protest against racism, it seems to me to conjure a deep mournfulness for the violent atrocities that all people continue to commit against one another, with racism being a very potent example... sadly more so today than ever", elaborates Sera Timms. Enjoy in video below. Link