Music videos are, like movie trailers, a much maligned art form. Done wrong all they are is locking the camera off on the artist in the same warehouse a thousand others have been shot in. Done right they take the song and focus it, using a second medium to create something complex and interesting and different.
This is an exceptional music video for an exceptional song. Kezia Tan perfectly captures that not quite laugh, not quite scream that late adolescence embodies. The desperate need to do something at war with the desperate need for everything to stay exactly the same lies at the heart of both the song, by Lorde, and the video. It’s funny and frightened and defiant all at once. It’s a beautiful video for a beautiful song and it’s this week’s Sunday Moment of Zen.