New Video: The Haunting and Troubling, New Video for Reptile Youth’s “Arab Spring Break Parts 1 and 2”

Reptile Youth – Arab Spring Break (Part I & II) from Reptile Youth on Vimeo.

If you’ve been frequenting JOVM over the past 15-18 months or so, you would have likely come across a couple of posts about the Copenhagen, Denmark-based duo Reptile Youth. And with the release of their self-titled, full-length debut, the duo comprised of Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen and Esben Valloe received attention and praise both nationally and internationally for a sound that Spin Magazine and Nylon compared favorably to The Rapture and Radio 4.

After an extensive and intense period of touring to support both their debut effort and its follow up, Rivers That Run For A Sea That Is Gone, Kristiansen had the urge to escape for a months of writing, leisure and sun — in Los Angeles. And the result was the duo’s Away EP, which was released earlier this year. The material on the EP is arguably the breeziest and most infectious groove-laden they’ve released to date as a great deal of the EP is based around four-on-the-floor drumming, twinkling keyboards, swirling, ambient electronics, and subtly buzzing guitar and Kristiansen’s ethereal and plaintive falsetto. However, the EP’s closing two tracks “Arab Spring Break Parts 1 and 2” are a bit of a sonic departure from the EP’s previous singles — “Part 1” is a slow-burning and moody bit of synth pop consisting of slowly and gently cascading synths paired with Kristiansen’s earnest and plaintive vocals. “Part 2” is a gorgeous, cinematic, classic piano solo that ends as quickly as it comes up and in some way seems to symbolize our own lives — a brief burst of beauty that fades out quickly before anyone can do anything about it.

Produced by Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen, the video follows the main character of the “Away” video but in this case, he’s one half of an adorable but troubled young couple. The video begins with the couple hanging and follows the couple, as they get married — all is supposed to be happy right? Well, not exactly. The video ends with the viewer wondering if it was all a dream — or what actually happened. And it’s done in a way that’s deeply affecting.

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