Saturday, 16 August 2014

Video Review - Reunited

by Alex Watts
EP: Sing Strum and Strut (available now)

When I think about some of the most memorable music clips, some of them are all action and drama and bam and dancing and cigarettes and alcohol and...wait, maybe that's just a blur of memories combined with something I saw in a movie once. Ok, start again, when I think about some of the most memorable music clips, some are all action, but the ones that seem to stick are the more subtle ones; I'm thinking the likes of Radiohead's 'No Surprises', Janelle Monae's 'Cold War', Jessie Ware's 'Wildest Moments', even the much copied and sometimes now kind of dull Sinead O'Connor's 'Nothing Compares 2U' are all clips that use the simplest shots and let the songs they represent do the talking. It's not a new trick, but when it's done well, it's a perfectly stunning trick. Which brings me to a clip which came to my attention this week, by Melbourne's Alex Watts. 

'Reunited' is the third song on Alex Watt's EP, Sing Strum and Strut and what a song it is. A story of love, lust and love and lust lost, the clip is shot simply in black and white, a close up of Alex showing the pure emotion behind the first beautiful lyrics, his eyes closed; is that a sense of desperation or depression one is watching? Either way, it's hard to look away and when I realise there is another person behind him, I know this is a clip I won't be skipping through, this is a simple story that I need to see and my eyes are desperate to know where I'm going to be led. Guest vocalist Seri Vida is the voice beside and behind his; her gorgeous, strong tones complimenting Alex's and the uncomplicated scene that is being created resting back to back in combination with the complexity of the song's themes is absolutely magnificent, exactly as it should be. This is a perfectly stunning song and a perfectly stunning clip to match. It's this type of clip that stays in the mind and this type of song that sticks in the memory and the fact that I'm still singing the chorus to myself a day later is a testament to the talents of Alex, his songwriting and his clip making abilities. Perfectly simple, perfectly perfect.

Jo Michelmore gives the 'Reunited' clip four Thom Yorke heads out of five... 

Alex Watts is playing shows all over the country right now and if you head over to our gig guide you can check out all the dates and venues, then head over to his facebook page and hit like, because you do, right?

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