This week we premiere the new video for ‘Tamin Sah Pade’ by half-Burmese/half-Scottish electronic producer Fiona Soe Paing. It is worlds away from anything you might have come to expect from anything ‘electronic’. It’s far more ethereal, experimental, and intensely beautiful and alluring. It’s simple on the surface but if you dig a little deeper and listen a little harder, it’s actually rather more complex – which only adds to its appeal. The gentle sway of sound and image together is perfect for these dull, rain-soaked Autumn days.
Animated by Zennor Alexander, the video shifts and pulses, awash with grey and small spots of colour that flash across the dullness, evolving fairly rapidly in splashes of bright green and pops of red. The natural world creeps in behind that sea of grey and smoke, perhaps alluding to the idea that nature will always triumph in the end. There seems to be a constant battle between the bright, almost unnatural colours and the ever encroaching greyness – a not-so-secret instruction that says that to see the beauty and colour in the world, especially the world we know today: dark, dangerous, and on the very edge of destruction at our hands and the hands of those who are supposed to lead us, you have to look harder through the darkness, willing the good into being. Who knows? Whatever the reason, the effect is stunning and thought-provoking.