Chiaroscuro: Twin Atlantic Balance Light And Shade In Video For Latest Single ‘Barcelona’

In the visual arts, “chiaroscuro” refers to strong contrasts between light and dark, particularly in drawing and painting, but also in photography. You can see it in the works of Caravaggio, da Vinci, and Michelangelo, just to name a few.

Scottish band Twin Atlantic have applied this effect to the video for their latest single, ‘Barcelona’, taken from their fourth album, ‘POWER’, which is set for release on January 24, through Virgin EMI.

When asked to discuss the themes and making of the video, lead singer Sam McTrusty said,

“When considering the concept, I was inspired by the unique visage shots in films like Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind as I felt that these would be the best way to portray the kaleidoscopic, vignette style writing I used for the lyrics. After an initial chat with Klass, I knew he understood the vision for the video instantly. I was blown away by the remote beauty of Kildare, Ireland, and it only added to the mystique.”

Speaking of  the creation of the video, director Klaas Diersmann said,

“The song feels like an intimate story revealing the reality of a relationship. I envisioned the couple in a beautiful yet eerie landscape, which took us to the wilds of Ireland. This enabled us to contrast their emotional entrapment within their relationship and their memories with this almost other-worldly wide open space.”

Twin Atlantic - Barcelona

In association with the album’s release, Twin Atlantic will be performing at a number of in-store dates across the UK, ahead of their headline tour, which commences on March 3, in Motherwell, Scotland.


January 2020

Thu 23rd  Kingston, Banquet Records @ Pryzm
Fri 24th  London, Rough Trade East
Sun 26th  Southampton, Vinilo Record Store
Mon 27th  Nottingham, Metronome
Tue 28th  Leeds, CRASH Records @ The Wardrobe
Wed 29th  Dundee, Beat Generator Live!
Thu 30th  Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (Early Show)
Thu 30th  Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (Late Show)  SOLD OUT


Sun 2nd  Edinburgh, The Caves



Tue 3rd  Motherwell, Concert Hall     SOLD OUT
Wed 4th  Aberdeen, Music Hall     SOLD OUT
Fri 6th   Dundee, Fat Sams      SOLD OUT
Sat 7th  Kilmarnock, Grand Hall     SOLD OUT
Mon 9th  Newcastle, Riverside
Tue 10th  Manchester, Academy 2
Wed 11th  Sheffield, The Leadmill
Fri 13th  Cardiff, The Tramshed
Sat 14th  Oxford, O2 Academy Oxford
Sun 15th  Leicester, O2 Academy Leicester
Tue 17th  Bournemouth, The Old Firestation
Wed 18th  Brighton, Concorde 2
Fri 20th  London, Electric Ballroom


Sat 11th  TRNSMT Festival 2020, Glasgow Green

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