ABOVE: ELOHIM. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHASE O’BLACK.
Imagine waking up in a terracotta-colored bedroom with vintage floral wallpaper and matching creamsicle sheets. A gloved hand materializes, holding out a mug of warm milk on a silver tray. Perhaps you’d wonder, “Am I dreaming?”
That question is the opening line of electro-pop musician Elohim’s most recent single, “Hallucinating,” and that room is one of the first scenes in its accompanying music video (directed by Megan Park), which we are pleased to premiere below. It features a young girl alone in a house not unlike the Tenenbaums’, with lavish decor reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s—a nod to directors Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola, both of whom Elohim cites as inspiration. A chessboard, bedazzled juice box, pool, mariachi band, and the Los Angeles-based musician’s signature tiger mask also make appearances.
“The constant feeling of anxiety gives me the sensation of what I would imagine being on hallucinogenics feels like,” Elohim explains. “Sometimes I’ll be sitting having a conversation with someone and then suddenly I’ll lose my focus because the room will look like it is moving … as if I am on a boat tipping and spinning. Or I’ll hear myself talking and feel my voice move away from me, drift out of my mouth into the ether, and suddenly I can’t decipher a dream state from reality.”
Neither can we. With Elohim softy repeating, “I’m hallucinating,” against an upbeat tune and uncanny visuals, the effect is inexplicably transfixing, as if one were falling into a reverie.
“The chemicals inside each and every one of us fascinates me,” says Elohim. Her fixation with the human mind and its workings accounts for the video’s whimsicality. “The patterns of the mind mimic the patterns we infuse in our art [and] our sound. I guess my brain waves were emanating an adolescent daydream set to the tunes of a jazzy mariachi band.”
ELOHIM IS CURRENTLY ON TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA. FOR MORE ON ELOHIM, VISIT HER FACEBOOK.