The time, dedication and work put into any album is worth remembering. If your recording sessions take you from Belfast to Chicago to record with the legendary Steve Albini it’s probably even more so. Northern Irish folk band Malojian documented the recording process of ‘This Is Nowhere‘ for posterity thanks to a film by Colm Laverty.
‘Document: A Film About Malojian’ captures the Stevie Scullion led band as they recorded their latest album in the space of four days in Chicago’s Electrical Audio studio. Director Laverty, known best for his photography, has shot music and live videos in the past but ‘Document’ is an impressive first feature.
Stylishly shot and edited, the film provides an intimate look at the sessions. The analogue recording, renowned audio engineer Steve Albini and the band take centre stage, with their chemistry and dedication to the craft shining through. It’s been noted as an ‘anti Some Kind of Monster’, referring to Metallica’s turbulent studio documentary. Albini’s own assertion that the band come off as ‘so charming’ couldn’t ring truer.
Such quality and well crafted features are such a rarity for Irish artists, ‘Document’ is a hugely watchable and insightful look at the likeable Malojian.