A sinister narrative music video for Oakland-based band Foxtails Brigade.
"WE ARE NOT OURSELVES", as a song, is ripe for visual interpretation. It occupies this uneasy space between colorful and sinister while backed with an off-kilter cinematic arrangement. I soon realized it even followed a fairly traditional three-act structure within its peaks and valleys of intensity. The story was directly born out of matching musical moments within the song with what that moment could represent as a cinematic beat in a narrative. Percussive sounds became concrete actions, a verse filled with tense strings became a scene of suspense, an ominous synth swell became an unnerving reveal, the song title itself became the main thematic element of the story.
With these specific moments in place as the skeleton of the video, the story began to manifest itself as the connective tissue between it all. The goal here being to not only make the song the soundtrack to the visuals, but actually the foundation on which the visual narrative stands. Without the backbone of the song, the visuals would slide off into a pile of motionless meaty flesh…which, come to think of it, still sounds pretty cool.
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It's not every day you get to hear a sitar jam with a soulful rock band. Lead by Graham Patzner's haunting vocal, Whiskerman's gritty performance of "Ram's Head" is a fusion of ingenious musical stylings. Cue the montage of Walter White walking away from a fiery explosion.
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