Mekele: Heaven

A Sisyphean Performance From the Androgynous Montreal Artist

“I've been working on ways to find calm and peace through sound,” explains Canadian musician Mekele, whose yearning new track “Heaven” captures the aftermath of lust and its actions. “I found myself in a very comfortable, meditated head space.” Set to the song taken from forthcoming debut album Monolith, today's video is directed by Melissa Matos and shot at the eerily isolated Bay of Fundy on Canada’s east coast, where Mekele undertakes a grueling journey inspired by Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus. “The process brought up questions about persistence and what drives us to do the things we do,” says Trusst studio co-founder Matos, whose list of Montreal music collaborators includes Grimes, Blue Hawaii and Jacques Greene; she partnered with the latter on an installation at London’s Tate Modern in May. “It was sometimes difficult to watch Meleke willingly nude and bound in pretty extreme conditions. The performance became his self-fulfilling quest.” “Heaven” marks three years of creative synergy between the audio-visual duo, also recognized for their experimental fashion videos and soundtracks for conceptual designer Rad Hourani and menswear wunderkind J.W. Anderson.

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    • September 04, 2013 at 7:59PM
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    weirdly wonderful, with pure humanity glimpsed through a chalky palette. Lovely.

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