THE STUDIO — One of the greatest things about the internet is that you can stumble across things made halfway across the world that will delight and amaze you.
That's exactly how I feel about thismusic video for a song called "Airplane" from Russian duo 5'NIZZA. First, the beat and sound of the song are fun and catchy even if you don't understand the lyrics. But it's the effects and production quality of the visuals themselves that really make the video shine.
With some mind-bending effects I don't even understand a little, everything is frozen in time throughout most of the video except for the musician's faces. Each scene is frozen mid-disaster, which builds a sort of tension as you know only doom awaits if each scenario plays out.
But the video isn't all gloom and doom, at least according to the candy-colored palette that makes the video look good enough to eat. Basically, it looks like you're walking into Willy Wonka's Chocolate Room from the 1971 movie (sans a chocolate river). Or, if you prefer, it appears that director Max Ksjonda may have heavily borrowed his look from director Wes Anderson, who tends to pick color pallets that seem just cheery enough to offset movie themes that spell out complicated human experiences (which are also disasters more often than not).
It is now time for me to fully admit that I don't know a lick of Russian, but with the help of said glorious internet, I think I can give you the gist of the lyrics. The song is indeed about disasters.
Of course, it would be nice to freeze in time any impending real-life chaos, but that's not how life or this video works. However, there is an odd satisfaction in finally seeing everything come crashing down as gravity intended. Come to your own life metaphor conclusions as you will.