Lyric videos aren’t exactly the most enthralling art form around, but here’s one that piqued our interest and had our eyeballs glued right from the beginning. “Crystals”, the latest Of Monsters And Men offering, is shot entirely in monochrome and stars a single elderly man, furnished with lyrics beneath his boogying in classic karaoke style.
Channelling the vulnerability of a biopic, we are initially caught off guard by the disjunct between his masculine looks and the remarkable falsetto overlay. The black and white duality sets the scene for an intimate sharing session, as the man begins to head bang to the beat to ease listeners into the groove.
With his perspicacious worldly stare, ever so lightly laced with jadedness, it hints at an extensive back-story; one all too compelling for us to ignore. Every wrinkle (of which there are many) maps out his life’s trajectory, like an atlas in reaffirmation of his existence. With fervour and much aplomb, he revels in every riff, every word, and every note.
When he empathically repeats, “I can see it all so clear”, we are nothing but thoroughly convinced by his dogged declaration. Apt, really, that such nuggets of wisdom are imparted to us by this life veteran.
Text Sarah Chew
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