Everything is supposed to become clearer with the benefit of hindsight, but as the video for Swahili‘s new song shows, when it comes to matters of emotion, they might always remain blurry.
In the video, directed by Vera Firm x New Classics, images shift in and out of focus, a sharp contrast between moments of clarity and abstraction. “We wanted to focus on the emotional discourse that occurs when communication between people become inconsistent, while incorporating sci-fi easter eggs to pay homage to Swahili’s weird funky aesthetic,” Firm explains.
“Highsight,” from the Portland band’s sophomore LP AMOVREVX, “easily underwent the most radical transformation through our long recording process,” vocalist Van Pham says. “It took some warping, re-thinking, head-against-the-wall banging, dismantling – but finally emerged as something we could all agree on. It’s very different from the video, which was put together and executed pretty seamlessly and beautifully.”
“Without having too much dialogue on the themes,” she goes on, “Vera Firm and New Classics latch on to some of the ideas around symbiotic relationships, empathy, transference, convergence, apocalypse, visions, failures of systems, and some of the environmental themes as well.”
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