Single-shot music video for Phosphorescent's Song For Zula

Watch the allegorical one-take video to the song-of-the-moment by 'celestial country' act Phosphorescent.

While the new track Song For Zula by Brooklyn-based band Phosphorescent is a plain-spoken tale of the singer's hurt after the failure of a relationship, its music video uses a more metaphorical take on the subject. In a single slow-motion shot, the camera moves in on a female figure dressed in rags, bashing at chains on her legs with a rock.

The song has shades of U2's With Or Without You, The Verve's The Drugs Don't Work, Roger Sanchez' Adios Ayers, Springsteen and Dylan – though this could be, as John Mehlman points out, because it's a four-chord song. The video was directed by Phosphorescent's lead singer Matthew Houck and Djuna Wahlrab.

"I felt the challenge was to create something that had a foundation of beauty which would reflect the song's kind of gentle emotion, but then find a device that could pull you from that space almost abusively," Djuna told NPR. "The pacing [of the song] suggests a constant forward motion, but the reverb pulls you back echoing one beat behind the other — begging for the discomfort of extreme slow motion."

So watch this before it's all over montages of sporting failures and soundtracking breakup scenes in Hollyoaks.

Song For Zula is taken from the album Muchacho, which is getting rave reviews round the web.


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