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However, it was just after a conversation about red and white lighting symbolism in Show that I happened on this. Which is a) not much more blatant, really, and b) gorgeous.

(If she looks familiar, Kimbra is the female artist on Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know, which unsurprisingly came in #1 in the Hottest 100; this song came in at #52, which is how I stumbled over it.)


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bitterlimetwist
Jan. 29th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
Red and white - it's everywhere. ;)

aesthetically satisfied

Hee and yes.

Mmm, so gorgeous. I'm also kind of mesmerised by her dress. She looks stunning, and I love that super-low cut (even though the sharp points make me think of a poke-y underwire).
themonkeytwin
Jan. 30th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
The noir! All over the place! (Is it weird that I want to see SamnDean in this scenario? I think I need to just stop dragging them into everything so many things.)

Oh, the dress. It's stunning. Although speaking of underwire, there are moments when you're just praying it's firm and pokey enough!

The story of the piece aside, my friends and I were watching this (and another song of hers) and one of them just looked at her and said she's trouble. I have a suspicion he's right.
bitterlimetwist
Jan. 30th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Sam and Dean make everything better. Trufax. And the two of them in a noir-style episode? Yes please.

No kidding. Even though I knew she wouldn't, I was still worried she was going to fall out of it. That dress is dangerous.

If I looked like her, I'm pretty sure I'd be trouble.
themonkeytwin
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:17 am (UTC)
But you know what keeps bringing me back? The dude's dancing. *mesmerised*

Okay, so, here's a question – what exactly do you think the story is here? Because somewhere around I read a comment that she made, I think, that this was about people making those disastrous, life-altering decisions and everything, and obviously that's the theme. Except what I got from it just from watching it a bunch (the dude's dancing, homg) before reading that, was more of a sense that it was just his decision that was the focus of the piece. Not so much hers. I mean, I don't know if I feel like we even see her make a decision.

Well, not quite true. Right at the beginning, there's a decision she makes, but from that point on she's much more passive, more of a commentator. Unless the implication is that they're both married to others and are going to embark on an affair with one another? Because this is where I get bogged down in the symbolism going on, because if they were each other's bad decision, then why need the red versions of themselves? Am I making any sense here?

See, the way it reads to me is that it's his decision that's being depicted; he's the one who's active throughout the song. You have the two others of him who represent the call of temptation and faithfulness, respectively, so much so clear. But then – still flanked by these two, thus indicating he hasn't chosen either way yet – he makes his way into the concert hall, and her, her song and her narration. And that's when I thought that she herself represents the decision – she is the decision – because he's heading toward her, and ends up dancing with her, dancing with this decision, flirting with the two possibilities of her that lie on either side of her. And at the end the decision hasn't been made; he dips her and pauses, fade to black.

Which makes the most sense to me except for her actions at the beginning. So I don't even know. Thoughts? I'm too confused for this, clearly. I need to go sleep.
bitterlimetwist
Feb. 3rd, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
Okay, so, when the guy finishes dancing, I feel like he's chosen the white version of himself. But you could argue the red version is who gets him to the nightclub. And then, when he walks in, there are still the three versions of himself, which implies he's still undecided. So I feel like that's where they've left him - undecided.

As for her, the necklace is, I'm pretty sure, meant to be from the person she's currently with, because the white version of herself wears it throughout. So by not putting it on, I think we're meant to understand she's contemplating cheating. But since she's still contemplating, she's also undecided.

The whole thing reads to me as neither of them making a choice yet (that happens after the fade-to-black). They're equally struggling with this decision. They're conflicted throughout, obviously, but even though they're dancing together at the end I really feel it's left ambiguous. He could be coming to break it off. She could still tell him no. Or, they could both give in.

I mean, it's about people making a disastrous decision in the sense that there's a struggle, whether or not to give in to temptation. And let's face it, the struggle is the interesting part.

So I think that's why we're left not knowing the outcome. It's cool that they leave it up in the air like that.
themonkeytwin
Feb. 7th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
the necklace is, I'm pretty sure, meant to be from the person she's currently with, because the white version of herself wears it throughout.

Right, it represents faithfulness, like the watch the guy in white taps and then tosses to the decision-maker. Yeah, I like your explanation. It's nice to have someone balance you out when you start over-thinking and reading too much into it. :)
tahirire
Feb. 7th, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
Speaking of - here, have the world's most kick-ass group of 19 year olds. And yes, this is acapella.

themonkeytwin
Feb. 7th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, this song is like EVERYWHERE now. Or at least it feels that way. These guys are adorable! (I'm going to have to start nuancing my prejudices about Texas if this keeps up.) I love the sound of them singing the music of the song, even more than the lyrics. And, maybe this is weird, I don't know, but I love hearing their breathing in it too. Thanks! :)
tahirire
Feb. 7th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
DUDE. Jared, Jim, Jensen, Jim Parsons, and blacklid are all from Texas, too - I think the statute of limitations on your prejudice is expired. :P

They are flat-out amazeballs, I am drooling myself into dehydration waiting for their firs EP.
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