Brooklyn's own Beach Fossils
took the time to pay tribute to their hometown in their new video for "Saint Ivy." Filmed almost in the style of a home movie, the video uses the simple premise of showing the streets of New York and the diverse cast of characters that call the city "home," from ballerinas to b-boys to drag queens. We've heard musical love letters to New York since the days of beeswax cylinders, but this video particularly stands out thanks to a well-hid political message you might have missed the first time. During a time when more and more people are increasingly afraid of "different," here comes Beach Fossils showing the beauty and joy in diversity. In the midst of our government threatening to cut all funding for the National Endowment of the Arts, here's a video to show all the good that comes from art and self-expression. It's a subtle but effective message, and aside from the "#notmypresident" graffiti that passes for a second in the background, there isn't a whole lot to tip you off on the subtext.
Dustin Payseur contemplates at one point, "I wanna believe in America / But it's somewhere I can't find," but the "Saint Ivy" video seems to act as a rebuttal to his own remark. The drag queens, the dancers, the people of all shapes, sizes, colors, and genders that inhabit the city; that's
America right there. It shouldn't matter where you're from or who you are, there's always a role for you to play if you look hard enough. It's a simple, beautiful message for a simple, beautiful song, and the video is as much a tribute to weirdos, artists, and outliers as it is to the city that champions them. Check out the "Saint Ivy" video right here.