Everyday seems to bring more bad news straight to your phone. But Singaporean-born and Brooklyn-based singer Slodown provides a gentle reminder on "CRAZY OUTSIDE" that we're all capable of still supporting each other and provides a reminder to stop tearing each other down. He literally slows the classic-sounding R&B beat down to a lazy Sunday afternoon tempo while singing about political ("white lies really, red and blue ones") and environmental issues that might distract you from his message of love.
The self-animated video is set in a post-apocalyptic future with a TV that shows flashbacks of movies and news clips, including Greta Thunberg and rioting in the streets. In an email, Slodown relayed the inspiration for the video: "With everything that’s happened in the past couple of months, I find myself facing the future more paranoid, skeptical, and afraid of the world than ever before. I wanted to create some sort of visual spectacle that reflects the bleak places my mind goes to as a result of all this fear and unease I’ve been feeling. It’s not all darkness though– all the craziness out there has made me more mindful and appreciative of what I have and the people I love.”
"CRAZY OUTSIDE" is taken from Slodown's upcoming EP, FLOWERS, which arrives March 20.
Photo: Mika Orotea & Brian Lim