After a short break following the release of his sophomore album, Mercy, earlier this year, Active Child is back with videos for “Midnight Swim” and “Darling,” two tracks from the LP. Both of them star Aliana Lohan — yes, of that Lohan clan — and were captured in a single shot by directing crew TS&R, mostly by the beach. Here’s Active Child’s Pat Grossi on the intent behind the pair of videos:
I knew I wanted something simple and pure to fit the placid tone of ‘Darling.’ And once we started shooting the single take of Ali at sunset I knew it was going to be unlike any other video I’ve done or seen really. I love the way it stops time.
And here are the directors:
While it may it be possible to fall in love with a portrait, moving and still, the heartbreak is that we are always kept at a distance from this romance. The intimacy and closeness we are able to experience is always untouchable. In front of the glass door of a picture frame or the canvas of a painting, we are only allowed to look. We cannot smell the sea, or feel the wind but still we are there. When asked to spend 4½ mins lost in a stare, the connection to our subject and backdrop grows. The mystery and curiosity begs us to know more and wait for change, if any at all.
You can only watch both videos back to back on Active Child’s website — go here to do so.
Mercy is out now via Vagrant.