When Lisel — singer, songwriter and producer Eliza Bagg — released her debut record Angels On The Slope, the song “Mirage” was an instant highlight. The album’s penultimate song, it’s a sweeping, clattering ballad that feels simultaneously unearthly and deeply, wonderfully human. Today, Bagg is sharing a video for “Mirage,” directed by Harrison Atkins, premiering exclusively on The FADER. A surreal and powerful experience, it’s a visual perfectly fit for the song. Speaking to The FADER about the song via email, Bagg said:
“Favorite thing about this video is how much it feels like a real performance, the sweat and effort, vulnerability and risk of that — of all the songs on Angels on the Slope, I feel that the vocal performance in Mirage is the most energetically vulnerable and fearless. The video begins with a more typical dance sequence but the long shots and shifting perspective ask you to take in the physical commitment of the performer (me) enacting this dance in real time in front of you. Harrison and I were both invested in the energy of that effort, and in being physically vulnerable, visceral, guttural, even kind of grotesque — I worked with amazing Pittsburgh based choreographer duo slowdanger who came up with the movement for my body. As I’ve done more integrating movement and music, that kind of bold and raw commitment is something I value more and more...”
Watch the video at the top of the page.