Outdoors of the Tories claiming to be corona-competent, the music video might be probably the most misleading public assertion of the age. A bunch of destitute college students costume up like bespectacled Liberaces and cruise the closest factor that Kiddiminster has to a Vegas Strip in a limo that they’ll be paying for in diminished royalties till they’re pensionable. All to attempt to persuade us that they’re obscenely glamorous and their tune wasn’t simply ripped off The Courteeners of their field bed room throughout a break day from Costcutters.
As acts have strived to maintain releasing music throughout the pandemic, although, the lockdown music video has uncovered the uncooked actuality behind the façade. Whereas main pop acts akin to Dua Lipa, Charli XCX and Katy Perry have been capable of utilise all of the inexperienced display screen CGI wonders accessible to distant tech-kind, most acts have been left with their grotty shared kitchen as a set, their iPhone because the digital camera and their cat in a makeshift tutu as ‘quirky motif’. It’s been like watching infinite episodes of a 0 funds MTV present known as Cribs: Indie Dole Scum.
There may be one explicit video I’m already sick of the sight of. It begins with a fast-forward first individual stroll within the park, normally with all method of leafy double-image results splashed throughout it to match the ethereal intro. It cuts to the singer trying desolate within the nook of a squat-like bed room with the mattress on the ground and all intravenous paraphernalia brushed virtually out of shot. Subsequent there’s a panoramic sweeping view from the roof, or the very best accessible window, then a quick-cut montage of kitchen implements, a refrain within the bathtub and repeat to fade.
With out wanting to get all Daniel Ek in your asses, musicians, you’re going to need to put a bit extra effort in. I do know filmmaking isn’t essentially your subject, assets are restricted and your particular results abilities solely go so far as making your self appear like a vomiting pet on Snapchat. I’m additionally conscious that there are main boundaries and pitfalls to navigate. Dave Bayley of Glass Animals managed to show his flat right into a video set for ‘Dreamland’, full with skilled digital camera monitoring tools and skilfully hung surrealist objet d’artwork, however he needed to have the entire thing delivered to him to be assembled like Ikea’s new vary of flat-packed rock stardom – and it nonetheless ended up trying like a foul week on Taskmaster.
The Nationwide‘s Matt Berninger, meanwhile, recently released a video for ‘Distant Axis’ through which he wandered to a close-by ‘video director’’s home and squirms round on a inexperienced display screen that the man hasn’t truly put any visuals on. Let’s hope he didn’t decide up any of the lockdown chancer’s home-brew Remdesivir whereas he was there.
We’re not anticipating you to make the 2020 model of ‘Thriller’ in such attempting occasions, however on the very least provide you with a extra adventurous location and imaginative idea than ‘my house and environs; loneliness’. You won’t dwell shut sufficient to a desert to do a full Mad Max within the type of Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Girls In The Hood’ lockdown video, however you solely must wander Haim-like throughout the abandoned automotive park of your nearest boarded up arts venue to seize an analogous sense of hopeless desolation. Chances are you’ll not have entry to Drake’s home, however you possibly can just about recreate the ‘Tootsie Slide’ video he filmed there by breaking into the V&A after hours with a sackful of plastic Grammys.
You don’t must pay Godzilla cash for an animated lockdown video both. As Soccer Mommy‘s 8-bit vid for ‘Crawling In My Skin’ proved, low-cost and cheerful has an ironic attraction mid-pandemic. And even on a funds, inexperienced display screen is your good friend. Take Phoebe Bridgers’ movie to accompany ‘Kyoto’ – she’s clearly accomplished it on a knackered Commodore 64 utilizing inventory footage she’s nicked off the background of a Japanese tourism video from 1986, however seeing as if the closest we will at present envision to a vacation is a stress-free ketamine flashback, it appears impossibly unique.
And that’s the important thing – we’re previous the purpose of eager to be reminded of, associated to or consoled over our predicament. In case you really feel your tune is so contaminated with Covid it wants a related video then think about one thing as heart-warming as IDLES’ movie for ‘A Hymn’, which sees every band member driving a dad or mum to the outlets, moderately than one more tour of a dingy flat in Digbeth that appears like Properties Underneath The Hammer with strobes.
In any other case, give us escapism; take us out of our distress identical to your music does. Remodel your entrance room right into a scale facsimile of the bridge of the Nostromo, mash each free meals merchandise right into a ceiling excessive sculpture of Apollo, put psychedelic stardust filters in your subsequent colonoscopy. Simply take us anyplace that isn’t right here.