Design of the Week | Flying Lotus - Never Catch Me ft. Kendrick Lamar
I am currently along for the ride on Masande Ntshanga's U.S. book tour for The Reactive. After the Pygmalion Festival in Champaign last Saturday, we were exchanging and discussing music videos in our hotel room over some classy-shitty American beer. I am a fan of Kendrick Lamar, but not as familiar with Flying Lotus. Masande showed me the beautiful and redemptive video for the song, "Never Catch Me."
The video immediately reminded me of My Chemical Romance's "Helena," with the funeral setting. Unlike "Helena" where the female corpse comes back to life for a fleeting moment to dance a ballet routine before falling back into the casket, the two children in "Never Catch Me" seem to free themselves entirely. They come back to life and dance with such candid joy while the observers remain oblivious as they escape death. The contrast of sorrow and bliss works well with the music. Not to mention, the kids can dance.