Not much happens in the first minute or so of “Alkaline”, the new video from Brooklyn trio Papertwin. But it’s a purposeful sort of nothing. We follow a man as he walks along the city streets, and the mundanity of it seems natural. The song’s dark, analog synths have a sense of momentum to them. It’s exactly the type of track you’d put on your headphones and zone out to yourself as you walked or ran through the city. But then things become more microscopically focused, and the sense of insularity is heightened. We’re inside the bloodstream, and it somehow feels like a grand picture of the universe.
“As far as the video is concerned we wanted to make something that fit the mood of the song,” the band explained. ” Really we put it all in the hands of the Director Clare Wadsworth who did all of the filming and editing herself. The man who is the main character (Issa Israel) is the inspiration for the video. He’s a friend who we discovered had a character he was developing for performance pieces he does. We saw him in costume at a drag night at a local bar and thought it would be so cool to capture his transformation in to this character and he was gracious enough to do the video with us.”
“Alkaline” appears on their Vox Humana EP, out June 17
Photo by Mark Goethals