PHOTO COURTESY OF NICOLE NODLAND.
Singer-songwriter Charlotte OC is not afraid of—or even moderately unfamiliar with—creating emotionally-fueled songs full of personal sentiments and figurative lyrics. Her first full-length album Careless People (Harvest), released in March of this year, includes 11 tracks in which she explores soul and electronic music. Today, the artist shares new visuals for one of the songs from the album, “Medicine Man.” The elegant video, titled “Medicine Man – Pointe Pop,” was produced by philanthropist Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions features New York City Ballet dancer Tiler Peck and her “own physical interpretation” of the song.
Charlotte OC sings, “I don’t know what you do but it’s making me better … Can you love, can we love, can we love, can we love, forever?” as Peck moves, raw and unaided. Charlotte explains that she has “always been interested in making videos that have a continuous feeling and narrative” and in “doing things in a new way, but using classic songwriting or performance.” The collaboration between the two artists flourished into this powerful performance, in which Peck serves as an “alter ego” of sorts for Charlotte OC. As the musician jokes, the video brings to life the question: “Have you ever been so in love you feel like a lonely ballerina in a warehouse?”
Peck was not familiar with Charlotte OC’s music prior to their partnership. When she heard one of her tracks for the first time, her response was immediate: “I found Charlotte’s music moving and something I could easily relate to. I instantly felt like I could hear her soul within her songs, which is exactly what I hope people can see when I dance.” The choreographic process that followed was an instinctual endeavor for Peck. “The tone and fluctuation in Charlotte’s voice told my body exactly what I was supposed to feel and how to move,” she says. “I didn’t have to premeditate emotion. I was able to let my body ride along her vocals.”
The act of Charlotte OC allowing Peck to illustrate the potent emotions of “Medicine Man” speaks to the very core of the song and Carless People as a whole: allowing yourself to be changed by another. “The song is about the moment I truly fell in love with someone,” says Charlotte OC, “and the way you actually feel yourself changing—growing in a different way.”