All Songs Considered
Tue November 5, 2013
First Watch: Perera Elsewhere, 'Giddy'
Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 10:54 am
The music of Perera Elsewhere sounds like it was picked up from outer space, like a strange, haunting frequency drifting through the ether from god-knows-where. So it makes sense that the Berlin-based DJ and ambient trip-hop artist brings an otherworldly vibe to life on the video for her song "Giddy."
"You make me giddy with your looping chords / one of many in a world of doors / chasing pennies I can't take no more," Perera Elsewhere sings, as we fly over a barren, digital landscape, much like images from the Mars rover. "For me this song is somehow about the dizziness that too many options and too much input can cause," Perera Elsewhere tells us via email. "It can be really exhilarating. But an intoxicated form of happiness can also be really disorientating. Like an aftermath. An apocalyptic anticlimax that can leave you reeling. Missed opportunities: a myriad of doors to go through, but you take none for fear of taking the wrong one; wasted bullets and the wish to just silence your thoughts. Like when you get sea-sick from the ups and downs, the crests and the troughs of the waves."
The video was created by Ewelina Aleksandrowicz & Andrzej Wojtas (who work as Pussykrew). "Our aim was to create a mood, landscape for the song rather than traditional linear videoclip," they say in a note to All Songs. "The poetry of the song generates inevitable reflections on an apocalyptic, post-digital wasteland, with its nostalgia, melancholic sensations and beauty. We wanted to create dreamlike hypnotic aura with transparent symbols of current culture, dizziness and fascination of sleek superficial reality, incarceration and infinite freedom."
"Giddy" features Gonjasufi (a musician and DJ who's worked with Jay-Z, Flying Lotus and others) on vocals. The song appears on Perera Elsewhere's latest album, Everlast. You can hear another cut from the record on a recent episode of All Songs Considered.