Salvation? Or just a mirage? A beautifully poetic piece that plays partly like an update of Sisyphus, and partly like a nod to Fitzcarraldo, but with a sci-fi vibe and an undercurrent that's clearly political and powerful.
A hooded figure stalks the halls, beneath the watchful gaze of others in Emmanuel Adjei's haunting clip for Sevdaliza.
A simple, yet intense scenario unfolds here which scratches at a human desire to stare and to be stared at. And has a brave and beautiful visual twist.
Adjei invites us to follow a cloaked ghostlike figure gliding through the hallways of a mansion. But once the figure reaches a large open space, populated by men watching from a balcony above, the true form of the figure is revealed.
In what is possibly a star-making turn —even though this is from Braids’ third album — Raphaelle Standell-Preston sings into Kevan Funk’s camera amidst various types of nature. She sings about feeling slut-shamed and undergoing a bad break-up, things many people go through. Ultimately, though, it’s her performance, and Kelly Jeffrey's gorgeous cinematography, which makes a mark.