Music Video(s) Appreciation : Sia & Rebecca Karijord

I recently moved back to Portland and have been living with my parents while I settle in and get my life situated again. This means a couple of things: #1 I seem to watch about 70% of my TV on my iPad because we only have 1 TV in the house and my dad is not a fan of the CW, sitcoms or the night soaps that I tend to prefer. #2 I do not get to watch music videos every morning as I get ready for work or whatever I have planned for the day. That may be the saddest part of this transition. I try to keep up by following certain pop culture and music blogs but I know that there are so many music videos that I am totally missing out on.

Until I can get my act together and have a TV again, I’m going to try to be better about highlighting the music videos that I DO get to see that really stand out. Up first:

Sia – Elastic Heart feat. Shia LaBeouf & Maddie Ziegler

Shia LaBeouf has been making some weird choices lately and this totally seems to fall in line with that, but it’s a strange, beautiful, powerful music video that takes the song to a whole new level for me. I don’t watch Dance Moms so I didn’t become aware of Maddie Ziegler until Sia’s video for “Chandelier”, but she is used to similar effect here. There is something utterly primal and yet totally controlled about Maddie’s movements and the interaction with Shia is really incredible. But mostly I’m posting this for the last seconds, when there is no music, there is only their bodies and faces and postures and expressions. It made me pretty emotional.

Video number 2 is by an artist that I have never heard of, but am now appropriately obsessed with:

Rebekka Karijord – Use My Body While It´s Still Young

Somehow both the song and the video seem to be of a similar theme as Sia’s video and yet uniquely powerful. First of all, the music is stunning; so emotional and evocative. And then the visual of this strong, beautiful, aged woman. The contrast in 76-year-old Swedish dancer Siv Ander’s wrinkled face with the smooth, jagged, controlled, measured movements of her body is what really sells the video for me. It’s no secret that I love dance and dancers, but seeing it used so effectively here to complete the idea of the song is really awesome. I am enamored and excited to get to know Ms. Karijord better through her music. (Her new album We Become Ourselves will be released next month).

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