, The Age of Aquarius is brought to us
with the psychedelic, astral video for British modern pop act Metronomy's "I'm Aquarius." The clip, directed by award-winning French director
and produced by The Creators Project and
Somesuch & Co
, incorporates Sphynx-like cats, a mythical deity, and singer Joe Mount in an anachronistic space suit to create something literally out of this world.
Unlike intepretations of the cosmos found in heavy hitters this year like Gravity, "I'm Aquarius" is influenced by Dune, Solaris, Alejandro Jodorowsky, andthe comic seriesMétal Hurlant. Partially a nod to 60s and 70s science fiction, partially its own space beast, this video is less bubbly then its colorful scenery may indicate.
"While at first glance, the video may look a bit light and poppy," Salier told The Creators Project, "It's actualy marked by an apocalyptic and dark [undercurrents]." This is evident in the plot, as a we watch the Metronomy frontman travel through the galaxy before landing on a planet inhabited by giant hairless cats and a goddess who threaten his existence.
Salier explained that his vision for this work was inspired by a "super urban universe...and theories on exponentiality--theories that everything grows, everything multiplies." He added that "I have a few ideas of the future, which are rather dark" and they are instilled into the subtly bleak music video. "I muster a sort of demon in me that makes those themes come out [in my work]."
Watch the rabbit-hole-in-space video above, and stay tuned for a Behind The Scenes feature on the making of the video, including the director's meditations on where he gathers inspiration and why he chose to shoot using miniature models a la Ridley Scott.
_"I'm Aquarius" is first the single from Metronomy's fourth LP, Love Letters, out on March 10th. To pre-order the album on iTunes: http://po.st/t4yFw7 _