[Green Owl; 12/30/2011]
“Snakes” is one of the most ethereal tracks on Zakee’s debut album Assimilations and the new video takes us to a spiritual sort of place. Crooning gently and looking sharp as usual, our avant pop seeker regards a beautiful natural landscape. We see him through a veil of kaleidoscoping patterns. Maybe they are representations of inner reality, maybe they are how his watchful spirit guide sees the world. Somehow the shifting mandalas illuminate the view more than they obscure it. The beats form similarly kaleidoscopic alignments with the chiming synth and Dreamtime sound effects.
There’s no way around this: absolutely nothing happens in this video. But that could be considered a strength. It’s about the mood, the texture, the mind state. Put it on, gaze into the distance, nod your head slowly and let it all go. I’m nominating it for a “Best Use of Kaleidoscope in a Music Video” award. Also, I’m assigning points for the location. Like his video for “Glory,” this was shot in Brazil.
Watch it here and feel those chakras start to open up: