THURSDAY, JULY 09, 2015 |
Posted by: Alana Solin
Only a song as powerful as Julian Casablancas+The Voidz's "Human Sadness" could hold a listener's attention for eleven straight minutes. The song is so riveting that I found it difficult to believe that a video could be made that would match its intensity - and I was wrong. The video combines clips of disasters and violence with clips of the band performing in heavily saturated static, their silhouettes warped and kaleidoscopic.
The video avoids one central narrative, instead jumping back and forth between stories and scenes. A couple's fight turns violent as their young son watches. An asteroid silently plummets. A soldier hoists his gun. These clips mingle with clips of lovers on a beach, of nature, and of the band members sitting back emotionlessly, wearing whited-out sunglasses, perhaps to symbolize turning a blind eye on disaster.
Here is an explosion; here is the wreckage; here is the band lamenting all that has been lost. In this way the uncontainable video felt like one big cry of grief and frustration. And despite how horrifying some of the video was, I could not tear myself away, could barely even blink. This video is a masterpiece, but it is a gruesome one.