Watch: MKO Sun - Black Seaweed
An absorbing and surreal clip from a shape-shifting vocalist.
Surely deserving of a place in your ‘future-sexy-R&B lady musos to watch’ list (you have one of those lists, right?) is the fantastic femme that is MKO Sun (formerly MKO, real name Hannah Macklin), from Brisbane. MKO Sun, whose been on the grind for a few years now (all the while maintaining a singular creative vision) is on the cusp of releasing her third EP Opus Opalus, and has shared a absorbing, artistic video clip for her new single Black Seaweed – one that proves MKO a worthy challenger to pull FKA Twigs down a few rungs on the music video maverick ladder!
The clip for Black Seaweed is a crisp presentation of sensuous choreography and B & W imagery that at times is reminiscent of Salvador Dali's surrealist cinematic aesthetic. Directed and edited by Brisbane photographer and videographer Mia Forrest, the clip is based on a nightmare Macklin had, as she explains: “three ominous, tree-like monsters arose slowly from a dark sea and descended on me. I sat trapped on the beach in fear, unable to run. In the song, these monsters are a metaphor for my inner demons. The bad feelings.”
The visuals carve out the perfect dreamlike place for MKO’s multi-dimensional soul music – Black Seaweed’s a track that seems to stretch out what a soul song can be, drawing on elements of pop, R & B, even orchestral instrumentation, with MKO’s vocals gently guiding you through it all. She’s got quite the shape-shifting voice, MKO Sun does – vocalists Merril Garbus from Tune Yards, and Amber Coffman from The Dirty Projectors come to mind comparisons wise.
Currently touring in support of Katie Noonan (with supports for Peaches, Fatima and Hiatus Kaiyote behind her), we can’t imagine her live show is anything less than exceptional – catch her at the dates below.
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