Friday, November 9, 2012

Sinister Hulas, Burning Flowers, Shoes, Dancing, Shoes: Walking You Through Scott Walker's Insane New Video

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:07 - We fade up from darkness on a lonely hula girl, waving her arms in slow-motion, captured in gorgeous black and white. Over a beat that I can initially describe as grubby and rad, bent notes do have a very faint luau vibe.

:50 - In addition to Lynch, the vivid slow motion and uneasy surrealism here also recall the opening sequence of Lars von Trier's excellent end of the world flick, Melancholia. While the world probably won't actually end at the end of this year, context clues have not totally ruled it out. Bish Bosch might be on the verge of making timely apocalyptic sense.

1:05 - Scott comes in to sing. As a huge fan, I always feel like maybe I can anticipate what going to traipse, regally, out of his mouth, but nothing can really ever prepare you. "Mama Maiva was frightened by Hawaiians." No one else can, or should, write lyrics like Scott Walker. (But he is a treasure.)

1:17 - AHHHHH. The hulu girl reveals a demonic, black-toothed grill. Though the lyric clearly dictated the image, I feel like the director might relate to Mama Maiva's phobia a little too much.

1:20 - OK, this lyrical snippet is grotesque, but great..."When too much bone structure goes missing..." You're fucked. That's what.

1:31 - Flower pedals fall softly on white shoes. As they do.

1:53 - One of the videos most literal lyric to image moments, the face of our hulu girl does a slow dissolve into churning maggots on a flower as Scott sings, "...like a face being eaten by a jungle."

1:55 - "Haunted jacuzzis churn." As they do.

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