Watch: SHAED’s New ‘Osaka’ Video is a Fantastical Tribute to the Land of the Rising Sun
DC indie darlings SHAED have been quite busy during these fourteen months of rollercoaster lockdowns, with a steady schedule of single releases, and accompanying videos that have revealed them as the keen visualists they have surely always meant to be.
And just a few months after the stunning clip for ‘Once Upon a Time’, they have released a video for the captivating new track ‘Osaka’, which carries on from the “virtual travelogue” theme of 2020’s ‘No Other Way.’ It’s a slightly magical homage to their 2019 tour of Japan, including playing to one of their biggest crowds ever at the Summer Sonic festival, which takes place annually in Chiba and, of course, Osaka.
Wondrously animated by visual artist Puks, of Kmotion Design, the video takes the viewer from awe inspiring vistas of snow-capped mountains, to surreal pink and blue landscapes, to utterly fantastical city scenes. They ultimately end up dancing together on a train, while flowers grow beneath their feet – all surely rife with metaphor. Charmingly, SHAED members Spencer and Max Ernst are represented as very pink pigs, whilst singer Chelsea Lee is a particularly adorable panda.
The song itself is a wistful, Eastern-inflected synth-pop gem, with a slow reggae groove, and Lee getting just a little bit philosophical: “In Osaka / There’s a mantra / Never lose control.”
“’Osaka’ was inspired by our trip to Japan in 2019,” she explains. “We spent two glorious weeks hopping around the island and playing massive festivals in Tokyo and Osaka. We fell in love with the culture, landscape, food and people, and had the best time of our lives. We left Japan with a confidence we never knew existed within ourselves. The song is an expression of that feeling.”