Friday, April 12, 2024


Jaggery, the art rock band, has released a video for its song “Hostage Heart,” filmed by Michael McQuilken of Q Motion Pictures in Cambridge’s John Kenneth Galbraith mansion on Francis Street.

“We shot it in March of this past spring … with the snows of February still on the ground,” said Jaggery’s guiding voice, who goes by Singer Mali, “Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman have been renting the beautiful house, and let us take it over for a few days while they were out of town.”

The house, which Curbed called “the priciest rental available in Cambridge” since the economist’s death in 2006, fits well the lush but foreboding tone of the song, which contrasts cozy tea making with some grim investigations, fretful walks through freezing woods with a nightmarish mugshot from historic crimes.

The stars are the band: Singer Mali, drummer Daniel Schubmehl, bassist Tony Leva, violist Rachel Jayson’s avant-classical viola and harpist and Cantabrigian Petaluma Vale, whose solo album “The Long Way Out” got a June release party at Lilypad.

The full band was at the Out of the Box Festival in Boston this past Friday; Singer Mali has an Aug. 2 art opening at Boston’s Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave.