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WATCH: Mary Epworth - Snow Queen
Sarah Ward , February 12th, 2014 08:52

New video for Byzantine Empire cover; two live shows announced for April

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Fan of BBC costume dramas? And shimmering psychedelia? Then cast your eyes thus way to Mary Epworth's video for her new limited edition single, 'Snow Queen', a cover of The Byzantine Empire’s version of the Carole King/Gerry Goffin song. Reminiscent of Sofia Coppola’s gorgeous semi-historical film Marie Antoinette, the video drenches regal Georgian fineries and The Manor in Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire in a dreamy colour palette.

Epworth's original idea for the video, a paean to the titular precipitation, though, was thwarted by Britain’s erratic weather. She says: “When I decided to release 'Snow Queen' on milky white vinyl, I thought I would time it perfect to come out just as snow carpeted parts of the UK. Little did I know that this winter would turn out to be so very wet, and not very cold. I must admit I love snow, and in the part of the country where I live, we've been spared the worst of the flooding, but we're still yet to see a snowflake, so when the time came to make a 'Snow Queen' video, we all had to think laterally.”

'Snow Queen' is out now on 7" vinyl on a limited run of 250 copies via Hand Of Glory, backed with another cover, of 'Ice and Snow', originally by Satya Sai Maitreya Kali, aka Craig Smith. Epworth has announced a couple of live shows, at The Lexington in London on April 8 and Ramsgate Music Hall on April 9.

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