MUSIC VIDEO VAULT TAKEOVER #2: HEXEN
The MUSIC VIDEO VAULT TAKEOVER is a new exclusive FRINGE MUSIC FIX feature in which we invite our favourite artists, directors, producers, writers, bloggers, and music video enthusiasts to present five or more music videos that have most inspired or entertained them.
Our second guest curator is the UK’s HEXEN, creator of mysterious dark-pop that draws inspiration from “sex, death, and the weird in between”. As of a month ago, HEXEN has released two incredible new tracks to soundcloud, ‘Baptism’ and ‘The Sacrifice’, which you can hear below. She will also be releasing another single on June 16th entitled ‘Salvation’. In August, she is set to release one more track alongside a music video. We can’t speak for everyone, but based on the strength of these tracks and HEXEN’s taste in music videos, we feel confident she is an emerging artist poised to join the ranks of new artists keeping the spirit of dark pop alive.
Without further delay, we are pleased to present HEXEN’s favourite music videos, which you may note, all share certain dark, mysterious, and sinister qualities.
“‘Closer’ is, for me at least, as close as you can get to a perfect music video. The combination of sexy and grotesque, and the surreal-creepiness to it, is everything I want in a video.”
“I adore Marilyn Manson. His subversion of Hollywood beauty and his raspy voice are a divine combination. The Beautiful People is one of my all time favourite videos of his (although Mobscene and The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles are close seconds). The colours, the editing, the energy; it’s all so wonderfully 90’s.”
“I grew up listening to The Cure, and I can remember the first time I saw this video; I was so taken aback at how unsettling I found it, but now that’s the exact reason I love it. One of my favourite elements, other than the pervasive cobwebs that smother the band members, is the way the light subtly shifts from daylight to eerie blue throughout the course of the song.”
“This tragically under-viewed video is incredible. It’s directed by artist Sarah Sitkin, whose haunting and unnerving sculptures are the main feature in the video’s surreal stop-motion vignettes. It belongs in an art gallery (if it isn’t already in one).”
“I was really torn between this and Paparazzi. I’m not usually one for videos where a large portion of screen time is taken up by dance routines, but this video is just so cool. The velvet, the leather, the gold gun, and a sexy Jesus; it’s got it all.”
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