Remind me not to go camping with Delooze next time she asks; creepy stuff happens in the woods when she’s around. The inherent murkiness at the heart of the project from London’s Stacey DeLooze is writ large across the canvas of a forest seemingly come to life in her new video for “Deathstar.” Although it’s a darkness with a vociferous clarity, both in her Siouxie-like vocal conjuring, and the evocative world-building in the instrumentation; the horns that come in around 2:00, combined with the roiling, martial percussion, suggest a world beyond the scope of the video’s narrative.
In the Ben Goodger-directed “Deathstar” video DeLooze plays a sort of of powerful druid-like figure, channeling, or fueling, the movement of the trees around her. Then there’s… a dirt zombie?
The song “suggests the end or the renewal of something,” DeLooze told us. “A cycle. Where there is darkness, there is light, where there is chaos, there is grace. I wanted to plant the idea that this forest was very much alive, just as the people in it, and that collectively they share similar character traits. The abstract nature was intentional and thought up in order to try to take the viewer out of themselves and rather somewhere more surreal and visceral.”
Photo by Ruth Richardson Childs