Sons of Raphael have released a new video for “Siren Music.” The duo comprised of brothers Loral and Ronnel Raphael new single is the second single off their upcoming and yet-to-be-announced debut album, due this year via Because Music (Christine and the Queens, Justice, Metronomy).
The video was directed by one half of Sons of Raphael, Loral, and is the band’s second collaboration with cinematographer Manuel Claro (Melancholia, The House that Jack Built), who also shot the video for the duo’s “A Nation of Bloodsuckers.” The choreography from Tom Heyes is a literal representation of the song’s lyrics as Loral and brother Ronnel violently rise and fall – “Magic carpets carry our souls, moonwards a city rises and falls” – and culminates with them slumped stagnant on the ground, “nameless we lay dead on the floor.”
Ronnel Rapheal on the video for “Siren Music:”
“The video opens with a quote from an elegy in the book of Lamentations: ‘Joy has left our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning’. It portrays the downfall of God’s people who have sinned and in turn have lost their honour, no longer bearing the gifts of God. The ‘Siren Music’ video echoes this gloomy picture of a nation in disgrace, lamenting the loss of God in our time, through the medium of dance. It becomes a visual representation of the song that questions how our language has become spiritually obsolete, ‘Throats parched with empty words, like wadis a thirst for God’. A city becomes a mirror of the human condition as a resurrection towards God is envisioned, ‘Magic carpets carry our souls, moonwards a city rises and falls’, articulated in the violent choreography evident in the video. Nonetheless, it becomes apparent that the truth is too frightening to deal with, ‘So what truth can I believe in a world that wants to be deceived’? In turn, the fate of the human condition remains the same, ‘nameless we lay dead on the floor.”