Michael Stasis’s “Afraid Of The Dark” Music Video Is A Creepy Mannequin Challenge

The Montreal-via-L.A. bedroom pop artist’s new album Gentle Cycle is out December 2

November 18, 2016

"Afraid Of The Dark," the new music video from Michael Stasis, captures the most fraught moments of living with a spouse and amplifies them with campy horror. The bedroom pop artist and his companion stalk each other in scenes reminiscent of The Amityville Horror, The Exorcist, and Nosferatu, while posing completely still, apparently hoping to be seen as the vision of baby oi-slathered domestic bliss. The cheerful, Ariel Pink-tinged pop soundtrack offers its own dose of sweetened irony.

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"This is a love song to the impossible relationship, the dark turning point in a beautiful thing," Michael told The FADER over email. "We hang on too long but are afraid to let go. 'The Dark' in this case is a fear of returning to the unknown, of being alone. Often, there is no easy resolution and things end in confusion. We have to learn from the demons our love can create and try to make fewer next time."

Pre-order Michael Stasis's new album Gentle Cycle here. It's out December 2. On December 1, he'll play El Cid in Los Angeles with Dent May, Jimmy Whispers, and DJ Jimi Hey.

Michael Stasis’s “Afraid Of The Dark” Music Video Is A Creepy Mannequin Challenge