TOP POPS! Gardens & Villa, Animal Feelings (Music Video Premiere)

TOP POPS featuring “Everybody” and “Fixations” from Gardens & Villa and the music video premiere for “Fire” by Animal Feelings, directed by Adam France.

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Animal Feelings – “Fire” Music Video Premiere

In this highly post-processed music video, New York’s Oli Chang, aka Animal Feelings, works with director Adam France on a confetti-laden dance track full of pattern-mastered characters and dizzying hyperactive movements. Chang’s only instruction to France was to make the music video like the track — “dark but fun” — and left him to his craft. At the marvel of the human body, it’s amazing as always how the crisp use of negative space, when paired with costumes and, in this case, the able body of dancer Kai Pai, is quite enough to make an eye-catching video.

“The song’s fast energy and electronic edge inspired the clips choppy, dance-driven design. Some of the more subtle electronic moments were matched with macro footage that give the clip an otherworldly and galaxy-like element. Also the infectious personality of our dancer Kai added elements of sass, sex and sill[iness]. Together, all these parts make a clip that is overloaded with stamina, sharp graphics, bold props, skin, and the mojo of the original song.”
– Adam France, Director

Adam France – Director
Thief – Featured Vocalist
Kai Pai – Dance and Choreographer
Ebony Fleur – Prop Design
Theresa Caffrey – Producer
Nathan Lynch – Director Of Photography
Adam France – Additional Prop Design and Choreography

Gardens & Villa - Everybody

Gardens & Villa – “Everybody” / “Fixations”

Hailing from Gardens & Villa’s third full-length record, the strangely titled Music for Dogs (which ultimately provides commentary on mainstream music consumption), comes two singles, the piano-heavy “Everybody” and the swirling “Fixations”, both prime time jams for the height of summer. Music for Dogs comes out on August 21st via Secretly Canadian; stay tuned for more coverage. Full national tour begins September 15th, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Gardens & Villa – “Everybody”

Gardens & Villa – “Fixations”

Gardens & Villa – “Fixations” (Live @ Bunk Bar)

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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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