New Chrystabell Video For ‘Midnight Star’ is a Surreal Journey From Darkness Into Light
Just one month ago today, Chrystabell released the first hint of her eagerly anticipated album Midnight Star (due January 21 via Love Conquered Records), with the new track ‘Breathe Into Euphoria‘ coming off as something of a psychological instructional guide for how we might move forward from all the fear and anxiety of the last nineteen months. We’ve since had it on endless repeat.
But now comes the opening and title track of this highly conceptual project (which she has in the overall described as the title character’s “adventures through the cosmos during various lifetimes as an intergalactic spy, space-age disco artist, and dandy in France at the turn of the 20th Century”), and its sort of suite of disparate musical movements ultimately end up stringing exhilaratingly together to create a distinct emotional arc. She sets the story up by lyrically imploring, “Spaceman, soaring to Heaven / Don’t you leave us behind.”
The song later concludes in exuberant, New Order style synth-pop, with Chrystabell more hopefully reporting, “Wish upon a midnight star / Worlds apart but never far.”
She explains of the song’s place at the beginning of the story: “‘Midnight Star’ sets the tone of high drama, mania and ultimately transcendence.”
The accompanying video is helmed by Polish director Archon, whose work with the likes of Justyna Steczkowska, Anita Lipnicka and Irena Jaroska has made him a name in his home country. Considering the album’s celestial journey, Chrystabell charged him with creating a fittingly alternate reality as a backdrop to the song’s passage from darkness into the light, and the appropriately surreal final product is like a hallucinatory, cosmic opera for a 21st Century so rife with mystery, apprehension and uncertainty.
“When I asked Archon to direct,” she enthuses, “I knew he could take it way out. I was not disappointed. He meticulously sculpted worlds with his hands to bring the vision to life. The trip from impending doom to cosmic dance party takes under five minutes, so you can do it over and over again, without a shred of space trash.”
At the risk of pure speculation, one can easily imagine Midnight Star the album becoming a full-length feature film. After all, Chrystabell has long been primary muse to his cinematic exaltedness David Lynch. But for now, she suggests just taking the journey one leg at a time.
“This is one of four videos Archon made for the record – this grand and bizarre voyage is just getting started.”