Eric Chenaux – Amazing Backgrounds Music Video

This video for Eric Chenaux’s “Amazing Backgrounds” will no doubt feel pretentious to some, but I think there’s something marvelous about taking five minutes to focus in on subtle beauties around us.

The importance of “slow burners” is sometimes acknowledged — some of the best albums are growers, some of the best romances are those overlooked upon first glance — but it’s rare that this notion is taken so literally. “Amazing Backgrounds” is a reminder to slow down and to focus; recognize that the genteel nature of some things has worth, too.

Honestly, if you ask me, Constellation Records is killing it with music videos, between this one, the one for Tindersticks’ “Medicine”, and Colin Stetson’s “Those Who Didn’t Run”. Way to go, guys.

Directed by Eric Cazydyn.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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