“To Who Knows Where”, the new video from James Iha, can be seen below. The clip, which was directed by Adam Neustadter and inspired by David Bowie‘s 1976 film “The Man Who Fell To Earth”, was filmed throughout Joshua Tree Desert and downtown Los Angeles, California using a state-of-the-art camera called the Alexa, and a massive anamorphic zoom lens from the ’70s.
“This video is our homage to the cult classic — from the cinematography to the wardrobe styling” says Iha. “The general idea was to allude to weird story lines that were never explained. I come down from another planet, there are men following me, there’s a mysterious woman, and I hope to find my way back to my home planet. It’s like a lot of ’70s movies.”
James Iha‘s new solo album, “Look To The Sky”, will be released on September 18 on The End Records. As a member of A PERFECT CIRCLE, the power pop super-group TINTED WINDOWS, and of course, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, Iha has gathered musical depth and craftsmanship inspired by his many bands as well as his production work with THE SOUNDS, WHISKEYTOWN and LADYTRON, to create a new album offering listeners sophisticated pop melodies, lyrical sharpness and guitar driven rock.
Produced by Iha and guitarist Nathan Larson (formerly of beloved indie rockers SHUDDER TO THINK) at Iha‘s own studio Stratosphere Sound in New York City, the sessions for “Look To The Sky” were designed to create an atmosphere of freedom, experimentation and shared fondness for a variety of enduring genres: from bright, modern rock, to ’60s nuggets and cool, clean ’80s new wave.
“I wanted this record to be more eclectic and reflect all of my tastes which is why it took so long,” Iha explains. “It was important to me for the record to be multi-dimensional and complex. Being a part of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, and working with so many other bands and artists since my last album [1998’s solo debut ‘Let It Come Down’] gave me a fresh perspective on what music could be.”
This free and fun environment attracted friends and peers such as the YEAH YEAH YEAHS‘ Karen O and Nick Zinner, TEGAN AND SARA‘s Sara Quin, FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE‘s Adam Schlesinger, ANTONY THE JOHNSONS and legendary TELEVISION guitarist Tom Verlaine.
“Working with all of these talented people helped the record evolve in great and unexpected ways,” Iha says.
“Look To The Sky” sees Iha returning as a solo artist after nearly a decade and a half, newly inspired, a little wiser and proud to share what he’s learned and created. “I feel like everything should lead up to something and this is a culmination of my journey,” he says.