After the release of her first full-length in English Clashes, Polish pop singer Brodka has shared her new video for track “Up In The Hill”.
Directing the video herself, Monika Brodka was able to actualize her own artistic vision. She explains: “I’ve always wanted to have a video where a band actually performs music live. ‘Up In The Hill’ has this vibe of psychedelic 60s rock, so I got inspired by all these amazing TV studio performances. As a stage backdrop, I used this beautiful piece of fabric designed by Aleksandra Wasilkowska that we used on my summer tour. The eye became the theme of the whole video. Everything turns into one big psychedelic trip, with Jodorowsky mixing it up with Queen…”
“I am a car-crash girl…”, resounds the opening line of lead single “Horses”, referencing Kim Gordon’s description of Courtney Love in her autobiography and hinting at Brodka’s musical and artistic interests. Despite the rich textures present on the record, she is as equally influenced by New York no wave, jazz and R&B. Additionally, her early experiences of church services have heavily impacted the depth and melodrama that charges throughout Clashes.
This interest in religion and spirituality has also influenced the visual themes running throughout her artwork, photography and ornate sense of style. “For this album the big inspiration was liturgical outfits,” she explains. “I wanted to take the colors – silver, gold, white, purple, blue – and the shapes of some of these clothes and turn them into something more modern. I am always trying to take some of the meanings of the subjects that I am interested in, chew them up, digest them, and throw up something that is more my kind of thing.”
Brodka Clashes Tracklisting:
1. Mirror Mirror
3. Santa Muerte
4. Can’t Wait For War
5. Holy Holes
8. Up In The Hill
9. My Name Is Youth