BlackBook Premiere: Revenge Wife’s Retro-Cool New Video For ‘Dream I Had’
We’ve been in love with Revenge Wife since premiering her rather intense new single ‘Earthquake’ back in February – and she definitively lived up to that love with her “anti-capitalist synth-pop” track ‘Manifest’ in April, in which she posited relationships as highly transactional matters, and suggested the possible death of the, um, American Dream.
RW, if you didn’t already know, is the occasional nom de guerre of LA songstress Elizabeth Nistico, formerly of HOLYCHILD, but now out on her own inimitable artistic mission. And she’s been very busy during the shutdowns, with yet another new video, this one for ‘Dream I Had,’ released today, and which BlackBook enthusiastically premieres here. And from the lyrics to the song, it does seem possible that she might yet again be metaphorically signaling the great fall of capitalism, which will surely soon be upon us.
Indeed, against a lush synth backdrop – think Ladytron, as filtered through OMD – she laments, “You’re just a dream I had / You’re just the one I lost along the way / You’re just a dream I had / You’re just the one who always gets away.”
But it’s the strikingly captivating, retro cool video (directed by Nistico) that suggests the astonishing scope of her unique artistic vision. Taking aesthetic cues from Austin Powers, David Lynch, 007 opening credits sequences and contemporary ballet, it’s at once hyper-sensory, and also curiously meditative.
Of the song that inspired it (from her debut EP Background Songs For Your Boring Life, Part I), she explains it as, “New Order and Tame Impala meets No Doubt and ABBA; somewhere in there. The verses are from the point of view of my higher self. They’re like, ‘We’re here! We wait for you all the time, you’ll never even understand our depths and we’re right next to you…’ and the choruses are from my mortal form.”
And considering the degree to which COVID has ravaged Southern California over the last year, we’re frankly just happy to know that she is still in possession of her mortal form.