Only a few years ago, Reptile Youth was known for two things; ‘Speeddance’ and a crazy, energetic live performance. Those days are over.
That might be the reason why they’ve been facing difficulties, I honestly don’t know, but I can easily imagine the transformation being hard. Now, it seems they’ve found their sound, and their visual expression is close to perfection. Their new video is a goddamn masterpiece.
It’s actually almost a short film, taking on both ‘Arab Spring Break part 1 and 2’, from their EP ‘Away’ released earlier this year. It’s made by Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen, who met Mads Damsgaard last vinter in Los Angeles.
“I got to know Mads, and I got really fascinated by him. This fascination was important to me, as it motivated me to create a story around Mads, and film him”, he says.
The story is about that kind of schizophrenia you can experience in a relationship. Something most people will, I think, at least just for a moment. And something Mads Damsgaard and Fanny Louise Bernth really illustrates well.
This music video is a part of Music Made Visual, which is the first project from the new Mercedes-Benz culture laboratory, Prxjects. This gives Danish artists the opportunity to make ambitious projects rather than “just” chasing the next hit.
Meaning: This song or this video is not meant to be a hit. It is 7 minutes and 51 seconds of art, and you’re supposed to sit back and enjoy it. And I’m sure you will.