Burwell's "Out of Place" - Beautiful Music Video for a Beautiful Song - Odd Nugget
The entrancing video for Burwell's latest release, "Out of Place", places us unworthy spectators in a wooded space among splintering reflections and idyllic memories.
Also, there are lots of trees.
Burwell kindly endured my questions for this post, providing a bit of insight into her creative process and perspective. So, keep reading for the Q&A.
Basically, both this song and the accompanying video are beautiful.
How beautiful? Well, I'm very glad you asked...
Vines on Chairs Beautiful...
"Out of Place" opens up presumably right after someone yelled "into the woods!"
Vines wind their way into view, reclaiming a wooden chair as their own. If you listen really closely, you can hear them chant "one of us..."
Ok, fine, you can't hear that.
A fractured mirror divides reality along delicate lines, leading us into a deeply nostalgic space, spellbinding.
Plucky guitar tones take over the spectrum as vocals step, cautious, through turbid terrain.
Projector lights weave childhood, lost, into tragic expressions.
Burwell doubles up on audible intimacy with a helping of visual melancholy...
Take a deep breath and wipe your eyes.
Ready? Good, because the video just started thirty seconds ago, you big baby.
In your opinion, what most defines Burwell's sound?
My style is a little melancholy by nature, as i tend to fancy minor chords & lean into the tension...
I like to think there's a mysterious whimsy to it, almost like i'm letting you in on some kind of secret. - Burwell
So far, it's no secret this song is sweet and the setting is solid...
Lace, Light and Lots of Trees
Fine, I promise not to mention the trees again.
Tension mounts as thoughts pool with plucked strings and violin swells.
Movement in mind translates to motion on-screen as scenes take on new energy.
Light glistens as we listen in on what sounds like lament mixed with longing.
A struggle blooms between Burwell and herself. Her reflection calls as she turns away.
Tired of arguing with the mirror over who the fairest in the forest is, Burwell decides to beat the crap out of some boxes here.
I know what you're thinking... What'd those boxes ever do to her?
The old-fashioned aesthetic in the video for "Out of Place" seems almost like a dream... Is that intentional?
It's a little dreamy, somewhat reflective... No pun intended.
As i've been sorting through moving boxes, it's brought up questions about my identity from the parents who raised me to my real name, but a lot of the details are kind of fuzzy, kind of like a dream. It's been mostly unintentional, but fitting. - Burwell
So clearly there's nothing random about her getting raw with those boxes.
They had it coming.
Time to Unwind...
After an angry bout of kick boxing, Burwell relaxes a bit, as does the song itself.
Swells settle into subdued harmony.
Burwell settles into a chair with a letter.
It's time to letter go... Get it? Like, letter as in "let her", and... Yeah, I know it's not very funny.
There's something to be said of the last scene's subtlety...
Thoughts, unspoken, spill out, yet fall silent as the world quietly moves on.
Growth and change press forward, relentless, while a box of fragile memories waits forever to be emptied.
Do you plan on continuing in the same vein stylistically for the rest of your "New Songs from the Past" series?
Really good question... It's unlikely.
The songs i've kept hidden are a disparate blend of acoustic-folk songs, electronic-pop songs and a few songs that may leave all of us surprised, myself included ;) - Burwell
Going from melancholic ballad to electronic-pop would be surprising enough for most, but Burwell won't stop until our hearts explode.
Speaking of hearts...
It's fairly apparent a lot of heart went into "Out of Place" - both the song and its video are lovely.
It's all well-worth a watch and a listen (and a follow on Youtube wouldn't hurt), so do that now, ok?
Read about Burwell's soothing tune "The Beginning" next.
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