MNEK's "Paradise" video explores beauty, pain, and makes a powerful statement about police brutality.
Ciaran Lyons, director: "I think the themes of MNEK’s track will resonate with a lot of people. What grabbed me was the underlying idea of the different responses elicited by the chaos of the modern world - the desire to escape from the real world into a fantasy paradise vs the possibility of standing strong and separate from all the madness and cruelty, in the hope of preserving something better. It’s a theme reminiscent of those who “carry the fire” in The Road.
The intention with the video was to echo these themes, while maintaining the ambiguity of the lyrics. Escaping, or standing apart can be seen either as an act of strength and heroism, or callousness and cowardice. So we have this beautiful human walking through a fantasy landscape made from symbols of growth and decay, never stopping, never getting involved, but coming out the other end still intact, and still beautiful."
The alt/pop and trip-hop group, Astronauts of Antiquity release their first single "Paradise" off of their Beyond the Maze record. The track highlights the concerns of corporate power, GMO’s and the obesity epidemic. A refreshing and relative topic for any music genre to emphasize.
Animalia, the moniker of Australian-born Toronto-based artist Jill Krasnicki, wrote Paradise after “what seemed like an endless news stream of young people losing their lives through gun violence”. When asked about the video, Krasnicki shared her thoughts on the video;
Omarion has come a looong way since his days in B2K and now that the kid is on Rick Ross's Maybach Music, he has a gang of tats and rippling GNC-fueled muscles to go with his baby-face. The track careens through off-kilter speed changes and director Topshelf Junior crafts a visual tone that matches the music: D'Angelo gone Horrorcore while being chopped and screwed during a sizzurp binge.