Directed, animated and edited solely by Alex Southam comes Barns Courtney’s new video for ‘Golden Dandelions'. The video poses itself as a hybrid of animated mix media collages which explore the celebration of life, all delivered with a trippy psychedelic twist.
Ditmas may be in refence to the Brooklyn neighborhood, but the view finds us in the lovely fields of the Kiev countryside with a horse-whispering warrior and a folk-turned-rock band performing in the round.
Alex Southam, director:: "The Cossack character (Evgeniy) in the video is a genuine cossack raised within a cossack community - part of his work now is to break and train horses so was the perfect subject for our film. Whilst the shoot was pretty brutal and unforgiving - particularly for our hero - we captured something really special, no more so than the moments in the final third of the video where our hero finally becomes one with the horse."
This '80s fantasia has Chromeo's Dave 1 as the magic man, able to turn store mannequins into lovely and lively women redy to get down with him and special guest Toro y Moi. Or, maybe they're just creepy dudes who have a thing for the non-animated ladies. Either way: It's a blast.
Director Alex Southam looks at the cycle of life in this homcoming clip...
Alex Southam, director: "Beyond the obvious desire to work with such an exciting and talented artist, I think the main thing that attracted me to the project was the duality of the track's strength and its fragility. The track seems deliberately ambiguous as to whether it is about a particular woman, or women generally, so I wanted to create a video which was simultaneously personal and universal, and structure it out in a seemingly neverending cycle — hence why the video is top and tailed with ostensibly the same sequence. I'm pretty sure I referenced MC Escher at somepoint to that effect.
Additionally the video is intentionally left open for debate - just to get the old left and right side of the viewers brain working! Our movement through our series of vignettes was meticulously planned out so we knew what we had to capture from our cast performance wise and in turn, how that should work with the ebb and flow of the track. Laura was an absolute pleasure to work with, one of those artists that just gets it and gave us exactly the performance we needed to knit in with our narrative. In case of ambiguity, its a 'no-cut' and not a 'one-shot'! Special praise must be given to our fantastic cast, especially Kanga our lead, who just knocked it out the park."