Today’s Video of the week comes courtesy of Michaela Poláková and Natalie Kocab with their haunting track Underwater. Directed by David Rubek, the clip is an interesting assortment of various scenarios, from sex workers in shop windows, tattoos, time-lapses of city centres , deserted wilderness to Times Square stretching farther visually than the duo’s native Czech Republic. The footage judders and seemingly races through millions of aspects of human life interspersed with an emotive studio performance from a gothic looking Natalie Kocab. With three studio albums, an extensive collection of books, poems and even a stint in musical theatre under her belt, her latest venture with this track is an expressive, raw and dedicated vocal performance backed by a chilling but demanding cinematic piano and string composition sounding as grand as a James Bond theme tune.
The duo’s album Ellis Island is a captivating set of orchestral rock songs that draw comparisons to Nick Cave, Wire and even the experimental Tom Waits. Composed by Michaela, classically trained at Prague’s Conservatoire, also studying composition at King’s College, London.Their work wouldn’t sound amiss amongst intricately-weaved piano and string quartet compositions
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