- Mexican Summer
By Katie Steen, Daily Music Editor
Published October 3, 2013
One time I watched a My Bloody Valentine music video, and it was exactly everything you would expect a My Bloody Valentine music video to look like. The song was “Swallow,” and its video essentially featured slow-motion close-ups of a strumming guitar, completely faded over with bluish-pinkish streams of light. It was muddled and hazy and perfectly MBV.
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The music video for New Zealand vocalist Tamaryn’s track “Heavenly Bodies” is decidedly similar, and it’s no surprise given its obvious influences from artists like My Bloody Valentine. It’s almost funny how similar the two videos are in style, especially given that the video for “Swallow” premiered in 1991.
The video for “Heavenly Bodies” slowly comes into focus, revealing a blue sky as viewed from underwater. The whole video has a wet, aquatic feeling to it, overwashed with various hues of purples, blues and greens. It lends an overall feeling of drifting underwater, slowly sinking, aimless and relaxed with shimmers of light occasionally shining through from above. Tamaryn appears several times, her hair stringy and wet, makeup smeared and skin dewy, an overlay of water droplets sliding down a glass wall occasionally appearing. And of course there’s the obligatory close-up of a guy playing a guitar that shows up several times. It all just makes so much sense.
It’s not particularly fun to watch, and whether or not it adds something to the song is debatable in that the music video really is the song. There’s nothing in this video that you couldn’t imagine by just closing your eyes and listening to “Heavenly Bodies.” And though Tamaryn certainly won’t be getting any creativity points for the video, it’s a nice nod to the artists who pioneered the genre and style of shoegaze, and it’s certainly a lovely piece of art to accompany the song.