Yelle – Safari Disco Club / Que Veux-Tu Music Video

With people like Lady Gaga cornying up the music scene with Madonna rip-off tracks — and with everyone else getting more dancey all the time — I’m glad Yelle is back, with a back-to-back double video for “Safari Disco Club” and “Que Veux-Tu.”

To continue with the comparison to Lady Gaga (I can’t help it; I just saw her video for her new song, “Born This Way,” this morning… YOU can see it here), these Yelle videos aren’t going down the path of trite, stereotypically powerful imagery. No black-and-white contrast, mock high-fashion rows of dancing human bodies here. No well-dressed folks masquerading around in Dia De Los Muertos facepaint for no particular reason. No hilarious science fiction narrations which end and are never referenced to again. Boring, boring, boring. And no to prancing around in lingerie, which fits in with none of the aforementioned things.

Yes to Yelle. Yes to wriggling bodies, androgyny, strange faux-safari fashion, and furious stomp-while-clawing dance moves!!!

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Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Vivian regularly shares human-centered stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2021, they will begin production on a BIPOC metaphysical comedy film entitled RECKLESS SPIRITS. They are passionate about cultural spaces, sustainable practices, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. YEAH!

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