Softcult Share Video for New Single "Gaslight"
"Anyone who hears the song will be able to recognize those red flags if they encounter that kind of behaviour"
Published Jan 07, 2022Ontario duo Softcult have shared a grainy, noir-inspired video for their new single "Gaslight," the fifth song to be released from their upcoming EP Year of the Snake, out February 4.
"Gaslight" is another bold, melodic entry in the twin sisters' catalogue of incisive, socially conscious grunge-pop. About the track and its themes of abuse and control, Softcult vocalist/drummer Phoenix Arn-Horn said:
"Anyone who hears the song will be able to recognize those red flags if they encounter that kind of behaviour. It's a tactic that many abusers and groomers will use to tear down the defences of their victims to make them easier to manipulate."
Directed by singer/guitarist Mercedes Arn-Horn, the video for "Gaslight" is a '60s inspired winter nightride, washed in red light and captured in 4:3 aspect ratio. In a statement about the video, Mercedes said:
I always felt like the song had kind of a '60s feel to it, but this creative choice served more than an aesthetic purpose. Not only is it stylistically accurate to that era, but I felt that the 4:3 aspect ratio created a claustrophobic feeling like the walls are closing in, and it purposefully draws our attention to a specific point: the centre of the picture. It's the feeling of being confined.
I wanted to use the cinematography as an analogy, making the viewer pay attention to only the details I want them to see while obscuring their view of the big picture.
Check out the video for "Gaslight" below.
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