Andy Shauf has shared a new animated video for his Neon Skyline track, “Living Room.”
Directed by Anne Douris, the gritty clip embodies a sense of generational fear, following a child who takes on the struggles and fears of their older family members.
“This is a story about growing up lonely,” Doris explains. “In particular, it’s about how wage labour – the business of having to work to survive – shapes our lives from the moment we are born. I think we mistake childhood as being a time of ‘freedom’ when actually our lives are entangled in the struggle of working adults. So I wanted to weave together these scenes of childhood solitude, foggy recollections of being left alone in our empty house, where playfulness and imagination are tainted by fear. Fear of the dark, fear of abandonment, fear of loss. Visually inspired by the NFB cartoons I devoured as a kid, I wanted it to feel like an old worn out memory, discoloured by time and distorted each time it’s remembered. Like these memories that we don’t share with anyone else are more vulnerable – ephemeral to the point of disintegrating.”
Watch Shauf’s new video for “Living Room” below.
Shauf will be playing the Danforth Music Hall on February 5th and 6th, 2022.
Lead photo courtesy of Colin Medley.