There aren’t many things more physically grotesque than soggy bread in pruning fingers, but in the video for Alex Napping’s new single “Fault,” they make it look aesthetically appealing. Directed by Eleanor Petry, the video opens with a shot of singer Alex Cohen in a bathtub surrounded by tortilla chips, lettuce, and blue bananas that almost seem probable with the freakiness of today’s genetic engineering. The visuals, however intriguing, carry the heavy weight of Cohen’s struggle with an eating disorder. She enters an intimate relationship with a mannequin amidst a pastel color palette, referencing the sinister entanglement of mental illness. Cohen explains in a press release that “Fault” manifested out of guilt and personal shame:
The song ‘Fault’ is loosely about shouldering feelings of guilt and self-blame and the video expands on that theme by examining my personal struggle with an eating disorder. For a long time, it was something I viewed as a personal failure rather than a societal failure. Eleanor (the director) and I worked closely together to develop a visual narrative that wades through that sense of shame and desire for acceptance with a strong color motif (blue and white) and by creating a micro-world where my disorder and associated neurosis exist as removed from reality.
Mise En Place is out 5/5 via Father/Daughter Records.