A few weeks ago, MØ surprise-released a new EP, When I Was Young, and today she’s shared a video for the carnival-esque title track. It stars three different versions of MØ — one in red, one in white, one in black — and the one dressed in black sics her posse of skeleton people on the other two and they have a dance-off on the streets of an abandoned village. It’s a play off Edvard Munch’s painting The Dance Of Life, and it’s a lot of fun until the dark ending. Here’s what MØ had to say about it:
I’m so happy to present this video because it feels very true to the song and to who I am. It was inspired by a painting called ‘The Dance Of Life’ by one of my favorite artists, Edvard Munch. It’s an illustration of three women—one in white, one in red and one in black—and tells a story about three stages of human life: youth, maturity, and old age. I was always drawn to this image as a kid due to its simple symbolism and emotion and have been dying to do a video that could reflect on it. Since ‘When I Was Young’ is all about nostalgia and reflecting on life—especially the past, but also the now and the future—it just seemed like the perfect time to do it.
The When I Was Young EP is out now.