Sophisticated and sexual, the electronic jazz and R&B duo of Marian Hill
came out swinging with their debut EP Sway
. Buzzing off of social media hype, Marian keeps our attention with their new music video for "One Time." The bass-heavy beat and provocative vocals compliment the eerie video to create something both scary and seductive. The video doesnt hide what is so off-putting about it, but shoves all the unsettling effects into plain sight to let the viewer figure it out for themselves.
With a video as cool as the track itself, we had to get some answers from Marian Hill. Discussing the process behind the music video, thoughts on gender roles in music, and their creative pursuits; we get a quick Q&A in with Samantha and Jeremy of Marian Hill.
Your music video for "One Time" is spooky and theatrical, with moments like the slowly rolling baby carriage and self driving car. What was the inspiration behind the video?
MH: Director Chris Grieder came to us with the idea for "One Time" and we were fascinated by it immediately - its not the kind of narrative that can happen just one time. ;)
Your lyrics for "One Time" are provocative. Is there a gendered power dynamic you are commenting on with this song?
MH: We find that there is no lack of sultry R&B songs with female vocalists. But it seemed to us like in a lot of these songs, the vocalist was more of a sex object than a fleshed-out person with agency. "One Time" was about that female vocalist being the one in complete control of the situation.
How long have you guys known each other? When did you start collaborating?
MH: We grew up together - we met in middle school and were performing and writing in parallel as friends for a while. We started collaborating over breaks from college and wrote "Whisky" over our final spring break.
Thinking about creating art (lyrics, music, video etc.), how much of your process is carefully thought out and how much is intuitive, "lets see where this takes us?"
MH: Wow that right there is the million dollar question. At any given moment each of us is leaning in one direction or the other (and usually in disagreement) but we'd say its about 50/50. You need to know where you're going but you also need to just follow whatever excites you. Its a paradox, as all things are.