A little over a month ago we brought you the first video from Scandinavian chanteuse Theresa Andersson off her recent release, Street Parade. Yesterday, BlackBook.com premiered her latest video for the title track from Street Parade.
The song, as well as the whole album, is inspired by the festivities and music of New Orleans, with each of the twelve songs evoking a different mood of the celebration. “Street Parade” opens the record with resounding vocals rising over a regimental drum-line, testifying to the catharsis and impermanence of the carnival, and is truly a “last waltz” of a song. It’s a haunting and vaguely maudlin ode to the inevitable end of the party. There is also a pervading sense of melancholy; that feeling that one can be surrounded by people and still feel alone.
The video is a perfectly fantastical match to the song. The highlight of Andersson’s experience shooting it? The Music Box, based in her current hometown of New Orleans. “I was so honored to shoot my new video at The Music Box and be a part of the historic art installation before it is dismantled after the final performances this weekend. [...C]reated by non-profit organization New Orleans Airlift, The Music Box is a collection of purpose-built shacks and miniature houses, each containing an instrument or having instruments built into its structure.”
Andersson’s heartbeat drives the musicians in the video — just as music is the heartbeat of Mardi Gras, and the driving force behind all street parades great and small: