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Mika Debuts Artistic Origin Of Love music video

 

Mika has taken an unusual new direction in promoting his upcoming album, Origin of Love. The British singer-songwriter has teamed up with rising Chilean director Cristián Jiménez to provide a visual accompaniment to the title track. The short film (also titled “Origin of Love”) is a surreal, haunting ride through the streets of Santiago, which contrasts dramatically with the jaunty, upbeat sound of Mika’s song. (It’s also NSFW, both because of nudity and a sequence of disturbing A Clockwork Orange-referencing imagery.)

“I wanted to take the kaleidoscopic dreaminess of the song and pair it up with Cristián’s more realistic, surreal and moving imagery,” Mika explained in a press release. For his part, Jiménez revealed that he was inspired by the song: “The song is fantastic, it almost feels like you can touch it. I tried to do something that adds more layers to that texture. It’s an urban, very contemporary piece, with a bit of humour and touches of a fairy tale feel.”

About the film, Mika said:
“This latest short film is a collaboration with the Chilean director Cristian Jimenez. After seeing his film Bonsai, this seemed like an exciting match. I wanted to take the kaleidoscopic dreaminess of the song and pair it up with Cristian’s more realistic, surreal and moving imagery. When making these films, I give complete freedom to the director we are collaborating with, in a way that is never possible with a music video. This short film was made in Santiago with Cristian’s close team and friends, and with a lot of love. I hope that watching someone else’s visual reaction to the song is as surprising and moving for you as it was for me.”

 

Here is what Cristian had to say on the project;

“I was very excited when Mika got in touch about this. The song is fantastic, it almost feels like you can touch it. I tried to do something that adds more layers to that texture. It’s an urban, very contemporary piece, with a bit of humour and touches of a fairy tale feel. I hope Mika’s fans will connect and imagine a broader world beyond.”

After publicly coming out as gay and teaming up with hitmakers Benny Benassi and Empire of the Sun’s Nick Littlemore on his new album, we may have a whole new Mika on our hands — and that’s a good thing.

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I run Crisher Entertainment, working with (mostly) artist and businesses on development, public relations, business, communications, and advisory services. We do a lot with web design, advertising, casting, promotion, event planning, music and video production. I am also a recording artist, weekly and monthly radio personality, and screenwriter/actor. I am a non-denominational christian who lives in Los Angeles, California, in the US.

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