More people should be listening to Berlin-based Soda Plains' mixtape for DIS Magazine from earlier this year. It's like OPN gone Rococo: romantic and gushy, all pastel hues, but without an icky kind of nostalgia. Its first track "Aethelflaed" is definitely a highlight, and today we're premiering a Pop Art-esque video for it. Soda Plains told The FADER that the track is named after "a 10th Century Queen who defended Mercia against advancing Norse raiders from the Danelaw," which I personally did not intuitively gather from the music. Ivana Mladenovic is the video's director, whose practice currently involves "researching and making film based around the Roma community in Bucharest," explained Soda Plains. "She is currently filming a documentary about women in Manele. Manele is born out of traditional Roma dance music, singers sing over live instrumentation which is played at deafening volumes, with an expansive cast of musicians and dancers. Through this she met Cristina Pucean, one of the scene's stars. The video could be described as, 'seduction as choreography.'" Dive in above.
Soda Plains’ New Video Pairs Rococo Electronics With “Seduction As Choreography”
The video matches a pastel-hued track about a 10th century queen with dance born out of a traditional Roma style.
November 18, 2014