Last month Wolkoff released the single “Kings Highway” from her upcoming LP, Without Shame. To accompany it, teen producer Dylan Bowman has rejiggered a short film that the artist wrote and directed back in 2007. The resulting music video is like a condensed soap-opera, with romance, intrigue, infidelity, dual-identity, and melodrama all crammed into three frantic minutes. Its home-made style and production value bumps oddly against the track’s tight and shimmering aesthetic, courtesy of Wolkoff and collaborator Icarus Moth, but its subject matter - –broken friendships, reinvention, journeys both psychic and physical - runs deep for Joanie Wolkoff, who uses the broad language of myth (“waded through the snakepit, across the lion’s den” and “was it you who kept turning the wheels that brought me here?”) to dramatize intimate personal narratives. It’s a clue that for Wolkoff tried-and-true archetypes - whether polished to a sheen or filmed through a grainy, lavender tinted lens – have a role to play in understanding contemporary personal struggles. -- unrecorded.mu
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