The band Death of an Architect’s song EL-8 and its haunting melodies created a challenge for us to create visuals to accompany the music. We created something that combines visual aesthetics to match the dark acoustic landscapes of their music and act as direction for backup visuals for live shows. We developed multiple concepts for the band to sort through and landed on the concept of humanity’s struggle in finding purpose and penance to nature for our relationship with the environment around us.
Crystalline figure is shown in a warehouse environment under a single light atop a small stool. The camera orbits around the figure toggling between wide and macro shots. There is a distinct sense of tension between the figure and his circumstance of being perpetually frozen in time. Indications of movement within the statue show bits “crisping” off. The figure is clearly about to break out; all that is left is the hollow shell of the original chrysalis. This is paired with a parallel scene of a shaman walking slowly forward through a derelict cathedral of sorts. This is an internal analysis of his conquests and failures — a meditative walk. Overgrown technological vines cascade around him. The camera pans back faster than he walks and reveals a shrine of sorts with a carnivorous plant. He slips gold leaf to the plant before walking off frame, clearly to free himself of the cocoon of the first scenes.
You can watch the video down below.