Darius and Wayne Snow take us to a mythical dreamland where everything is a little strange, yet delightful in their music video for “Equilibrium”. The pair have been on a three-year hiatus, since Darius released Utopia and Snow dropped Freedom TV. Their return has been hotly anticipated and one that is surely a welcome sight. With the drop of “Equilibrium”, they mark their return by kicking down the door to our conscious with a whimsical execution that is an exquisite pairing of record and visual aesthetic.
True to form, “Equilibrium” is nothing short of mesmerizing with wonderful design and rich chromatic textures, something that is stylistically common from the works of Darius and Wayne Snow. Yet, there is much more to unpack and offers us a fresh new perspective from the two artists. The record takes listeners to a more-forward punching groove that feels like it draws inspiration from classic disco and funk records, similar to the pairs’ past collaboration, “Lost in the Moment”, but with an extra dose of groove from the bass guitar licks. It spins a raucous feeling of jubilance and joyfulness that you’ll grin from ear to ear. It’s also nearly impossible to not get up and dance or move your head to the beat with “Equilibrium” spinning it’s twirling goodness.
The music video is a tidy exploration of good-natured fun, but with a poignant undertow. Directed by the highly-lauded Parisian, Alice Kong, the visual color and retro feel is exemplary and fits the sonic design of the record like the perfect shirt. The video starts off with a car accident that sees the two actors start fighting, but they get stuck together. It moves forward with the pair stuck, dancing through a charming town where they pick up other characters in their mess of conjoined flailing bodies, which eventually sees all of them melt into a singular blob of color. The strange, psychedelic melting of characters is a bit bizarre, but does provide powerful commentary that despite our cultural differences and other barriers, we can rise above and form connections. In other words, find the equilibrium to be one humanity.
To understand the music video direction, Alice Kong had this to say:
While the world today feels cold and disjointed with scores of fights and political disharmony, Darius and Wayne Snow are here to remind us that we can thaw the coldness of the world. That is we must find our equilibrium and we can overcome anything.