Music Video Monday: Vahva by Elastinen (feat. Robin)

Introduction

I’ve debated starting this theme for a few weeks, and I ultimately decided I would as it would encourage me to looks for options that actually fit what I’m aiming for. If one pays too much attention to Top 40 type music you tend to see a dearth of creativity in the music video form. The music video is spawned from short films and can be as creative if not more so than their predecessor. Far too often it does just become singing heads. I want to try and buck that trend and find ones both new and old that do something somewhat outside the box, at the very least have some sort of visual narrative. Here we go.

Vahva by Elastinen (feat. Robin)

This is a video by Finnish rapper Elastinen featuring international Finnish pop sensation Robin. The video has some great lighting, uses all exteriors, features an interesting motif of still photos hanging from a line alluding to the past, and crosscuts from the singing to a narrative that reflects some of the somberness of the lyrics but also offers a ray of hope.

Here’s an amateur translation of the lyrics.

After your last departure, I thought I was tasting death

But those who knew better told me ‘that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’
Now I should be unbelievably strong
and my feet should stay firmly on the ground
even though every breath I take reminds me of you

The music plays alone
I don’t want to go and listen to it anymore
Now life is slipping away (from me)
And I can’t break the current
Every hour is eating away at it

Others you can separate from,
Some you just cling to
And then there are those
Who become a noose around your neck

But I believe that everyone eventually meets
Someone you star will lead you to
But what happens to those who lose their guide?

The music plays alone
I don’t want to go and listen to it anymore
Now life is slipping away (from me)
And I can’t break the current
Every hour is eating away at it

The music plays alone
I don’t want to go and listen to it anymore
Now life is slipping away (from me)
And I can’t break the current

The music plays alone
The empty room salutes with its echo
Now life is slipping away (from me)
And I can’t break the current
Every hour is eating away at it

Enjoy!

 

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