Martha Ffion – Kennedy Hair (Video Premiere)
Created by the fine folks behind The Artsy Vice Show, watch the video for Kennedy Hair by Martha Ffion
Following on from Scottish Album of the Year-longlisted debut album Sunday Best in 2018, Kennedy Hair is the latest single from Glasgow-based Irish singer-songwriter Martha Ffion, real name Claire McKay. Released as a Lost Map Records PostMap Postcard single in January and produced by Chris McCrory (Catholic Action), Kennedy Hair was written in response to the Brexit referendum results. Although its subject matter is grim, it's another beautiful slice of Ffion's lilting sunshine pop, complete with handclaps.
"Kennedy Hair was written as a way of expressing some of the things I'd like to say to certain spineless career politicians,” McKay tells us. “It was also influenced by a struggle to find any truthful and balanced political discourse in the age of social media.
“Musically, I feel it served to bridge a gap between Sunday Best and what I'm working on now – experimenting with a more contemporary and adventurous sound."
The pair behind the video, Jimmy Gage and Alice Smoth of The Artsy Vice Show, told us: "Kennedy Hair developed from a simple music video concept into a surreal short film about nationalism, generational gaps, family, toxic masculinity and balloons. And as Werner Herzog said: ‘Look into the eyes of a chicken and you will see real stupidity’."
In the single’s accompanying press release, McKay further explains the inspiration behind the video, which features McKay in a presidential role. “There’s a bit in an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia where the gang decide that Dennis should run for a government position because he has ‘Kennedy hair’ and will therefore impress voters. I thought that captured the message of the song wonderfully so it became the title.”
The Skinny are delighted to be premiering the video for Kennedy Hair which you can watch in the above YouTube player (click here if it’s not displaying properly).
Kennedy Hair is out now via Lost Map Records PostMap Club and available to purchase here