Who: City and Colour
What: “Fragile Bird”
Produced by: Michael Maxxis
Label: Vagrant Records
I’ve always thought that, if there was one thing that music videos needed, it was more scantily-clad, glamorous-looking prostitutes rolling around in dark and run-down bedrooms. Luckily, City and Colour have answered my prayers.
In an interview with Spin Magazine, Dallas Green revealed that ”The ‘Fragile Bird’ video is supposed to emulate an emotionally tormented woman as she flashes back through her past,” (read the post here). I don’t know how many “emotionally tormented” women he’s paid a visit to recently, but I must have missed the memo where stripping down to your garter and writhing on a bed was suggested as a treatment.
Aside from the bizarre premise, this video is actually quite interesting. The editing is meticulous (kudos Editor Dave De Carlo), conveying a sense of disorientation for the girls-gone-wild sections of the video, without losing focus on Green as the performer. The cold blue tone of the film in his sections provide a nice contrast to the sepia tones in hers, and the age effects don’t feel forced. Plus the song is pretty damn good.
Watch it here:
NB. I promise I will try harder to find videos that don’t have naked women in them from now on. I’m already looking like a perv…