TORONTO/MELBOURNE (March 8, 2017) Toronto based emcee/producer, XOLISA (pronounced KOH-lee-sah), returns with the 2nd video release off of her self-produced debut album,“And Gaps Do Lead To Bridges”, entitled, “Here”.
Filmed, directed and edited by the emcee herself in both Toronto (Canada) and Melbourne (Australia), “Here” stands as yet another layer revealed in the, “And Gaps Do Lead To Bridges” story. The emcee consciously chooses to keep the focus of the videos imagery less on her physical image, and more on the symbolism she creates using structures, buildings and objects to emphasize her lyricism through a series of abstract images carefully shot, intentionally placed and rapidly delivered in the video’s “fast-cutting” style of editing.
“Filming this music video was an experience within itself. I literally walked the streets of Melbourne and Toronto, camera strapped around my neck, bottles of water in my back pack and my headphones blasting the single on repeat – allowing the words of the song to manifest in the objects I found around me. Magic happened in doing that. Everyday structures that hundreds of people pass by daily became a new language for me to use, to visually show the lyrics of this song. Inanimate objects were used as hieroglyphics that when put into the context of this song, came to life in their existence and brought a new life to the story told in my lyrics and production. An alleyway was no longer seen as just an alleyway, and a random massive clock was no longer just a random massive clock! I saw the artwork and architecture of Toronto and Melbourne come alive in ways that were unique to my eyes and I chose to capture those objects in abstract ways using unusual angles, extreme close-ups and a variety of levels,” Xolisa explains.
“Here” appears as the first song on the album and is intended to remind listeners that before proceeding with the journey of this project, we are required to stop for a moment and realize where we are currently in life, in the here and now as the lyrics suggest “The past has gone and tomorrow has not come, so where we at?”
As the story of the “And Gaps Do Lead To Bridges” album continues to unfold in its greater meaning and multiple layers, the emcee is taking her time to carefully invite listeners into the depths of her mind, creativity and complexities as an artist and storyteller – through her live performances and creative visuals to come.
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