Christina Perri isn't really herself, or only Human, in this first video off new album, Head Or Heart. The first tipoff is the lack of her prominent tattoos, but it's the flashes of a robotic skeleton that are most revealing.
Director Elliott Sellers delivers a nicely shot and constructed performance video for "Modern Jesus" — which perhaps works as a nice match to the previous video for the song directed by AG Rojas, which was highly conceptural (and amazing). The setting instanly signifies Church, but there's also something about the video/song which brings to mind "Wonderwall" (maybe it's the glasses?) who were bigger than The Beatles and in turn bigger than Jesus. (I kid, of course)
There's a dark cloud rising from the desert floor and it threatens to sweep over Eliza Doolittle. Director Elliott Sellers grabs your attention early with a torrential edit effect, but lays out other stormy FX as the video rolls on.
The obvious video touchpoint here is the epic Daniels clip for Manchester Orchestra "Simple Math," which also revolved around a spinning car crash. But, things are played a bit differently here — both in terms of the narrative structure and the overall vibe — and there's no denying the simple fact that the horrible ballet of a car flipping through the air is something that's impossible to rubberneck.
The fourclops ::) creative crew doesn't get as interactive as they're prone to be, but they do get their MacGyver on, taking ordinary items and making them into a beautiful world for Yuna. On display are:
Opening trippy fluid shots made by combining milk, food coloring, and soap.
Sparkly shots created by burning steel wool.
Bubbly objects that are actually homemade lava lamps using water, cooking oil and food coloring.