June 12, 2017

Video: Squirrel Flower - "Daylight Savings"

Travel to the Iowan countryside with Squirrel Flower.

Squirrel Flower’s first music video, “Daylight Savings,” off their album Contact Sports, pairs the hymn-like song with minimalist dance and sparse Iowan landscape. Two comfy-sweater-wearing dancers enact repetitive, ritualistic upper body movements which evoke the solar cycle, while vocalist Ella Williams gently rocks out—all to the backdrop of an empty yellow field, populated only with dead trees or massive bales of hay.

Later, we’re in the bedroom, the dancers bearing flowers behind light projections that alternately resemble the light at the bottom of a pool, and plumes of curling smoke. Inside and outside are confounded with the placement of a gold armchair on the golden field and the elemental indoor projections, creating a sweetly uncanny fantasy world for the emotions of the song to play out. The video’s minimalism and repetition slow down the already dirge-like track, ensnaring the viewer in Williams’ Iowa-sky-expansive voice and melancholy lyrics: “I know we’ve gained and hour / but I feel like I’ve lost two.” Williams' expectant looks and clutched flowers along with the dancers add a more hopeful edge to this song of loss, especially as the lyric “I’m ready and waiting” floats overhead. Though the loneliness and insistence in Williams' voice evokes a kind of frustration, all is ultimately well in big sky country—the final scene, in which Williams’ appears to settle into sleep, suggests that what's been lost may be gained again before long.


Listen to Squirrel Flower on bandcamp.


Simone Wolff lives in NYC with their grandma, best friend, boyfriend, snake, spider, and two cats. They’re a Cancer sun, Gemini moon, and Capricorn rising.