PHOTO COURTESY OF TRISTAN TAYLOR.
A mother, wrapped in a lavender towel, her hair wet after a shower; a child, fussing about in her arms; a poster of Prince in all of his nearly naked glory—these are the subjects steadily framed in the single shot music video for Dizzyride’s “Candy Lullaby,” which premieres below. Striking and emotive in its simplicity, it’s an intimate portrait that features the duo’s vocalist Zoë Kiefl with her daughter Fela, and, by extension, implies Nicola Donà, Kiefl’s partner, Fela’s father, and the band’s other half.
“I was told to be still and mouth the lyrics,” says Kiefl of director Nicole Della Costa’s instructions. “The idea of being frozen in time and space while the baby went through a range of different emotions felt symbolic of everything rapidly evolving around me and Nico at the time.”
But this concept wasn’t the initial intention: “It was a bit of an accident,” says Della Costa. What began as a shoot for another song ended in a still portrait of Kiefl and Fela shot by Della Costa, which she captioned “life is overwhelming.” The next day she called Kiefl and Donà “begging,” she says, to shoot the video that now exists. The powerful image is the unadorned one, in which we stare into Kiefl’s eyes while the song’s poetic, loving lyrics appear as subtitles.
Tomorrow Dizzyride will release a self-titled LP (their first) through WWNBB Collective, and while there’s surely more of their “soulful, down-tempo tracks drenched in emotions” to come, the poignancy of this video stands out—as a record of and ode to Fela.
DIZZYRIDE (WWNBB) WILL BE RELEASED JANUARY 20, 2017. FOR MORE ON DIZZYRIDE, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE.