If you feel the earth move under your feet today, fear not. That’s just the aftershock of Joseph and the Beasts’ new, science fiction-heavy video for “Tremors.” The latest single from their debut album Gold Light explores the themes of life and death by way of two women outfitted in casual, womb-like orbs.
No, this isn’t a recreation of Mars Attacks. The orbs, designed by Vlada Strange, are representative of the kind of voyeuristic people-watching we’ve all been known to engage in. “It may sound cliche, but we all wear masks… thin layers meant to obfuscate our true identities,” lead singer Joseph Mulhollen told OUT. “These characters sit within their smoke screens observing the world, safe from its complete embrace.”
For director Carlos Gonzalez, this visual flair was inspired by the French animated film The Fantastic Planet and tied into the overarching themes of life and death. As the orb-women walk through the world observing humankind in the same mystified way we watch Planet Earth stoned and alone in bed, their painted eyes come to represent youthfulness (in white) and age (in black). For Mulhollen’s own golden eyes, the hue represented his place as a storyteller.
The visuals may seem heavy but, for a track that literally ends with Mulhollen chanting “dead” over and over again,” the orb-women are right at home. As he eloquently explained of his latest single, “You have to die a little death every day in order to be able to make space for something new, and that’s what this song is meant to convey once you peel back the theatrics.”