Zoon Hazes Out for His New "Was & Always Will Be" Video
It's the latest track from 'Bleached Wavves' to get its own visuals
Published Feb 17, 2021Zoon made quite the impression with Bleached Wavves, and now the Hamilton shoegazer is back for a little victory lap of sorts, as he's unloaded a new video for album standout "Was & Always Will Be."
Speaking of the song, the artist born Daniel Monkman explained the following:
In our Ojibway tradition and something my mom also taught me is that when the Creator has been good to you or has blessed your life you should always honour that. Ways to do that are helping others in need or being mindful in your everyday life or in living the "good life." One way is to sing to the Creator and express your gratitude. For "Was & Always Will Be" I wanted to show that gratitude so I chant "Yahweh" throughout the song, which is an indigenous word for "creator." The first traditional song I learned as a child had the chant "Yaaahweh Yaaahweh, Yahweh ho" and that rhythm followed me everywhere I went and undoubtedly transferred into my music as an adult. Whether you believe in a creator or not it's hard to miss the beautiful things that happen in life so it's always good practice to show gratitude.
As for the video itself, it was directed by John Smith, and it's more than a little tripped-out and hazy, as a wash of colours cloud the senses.
"I have always dreamt about flying and I've astral projected during one of my very lucid sleeps," Monkman explained. "I've also been fascinated with the concept of 'fight or flight,' so I wanted to capture both of those visuals in the video. I hadn't really expressed that to John but I think he knew subconsciously from listening to the song."
Smith added: "I was experimenting with different visuals to represent this song, then Daniel came to the table with this great drone footage that his friend had shot — I really just ran with that. I was able to dig a bit more into the traditional 'psychedelic' style of editing and colour palettes that I think you can only get away with when you pair it with a wonderfully hypnotic song such as this one. If you ever wondered what it might feel like to have a helicopter-esque outer body experience in 1978, this is probably the music video for you."
Watch the "Was & Always Will Be" video for yourself below.
Bleached Wavves is out through Paper Bag Records. The record made Exclaim!'s 25 Canadian Albums You May Have Missed in 2020 list.