Video of the Moment #2880: Smoke Season

By on Tuesday, 7th August 2018 at 6:00 pm

Smoke Season were one of the best American bands I caught at SXSW 2017. The sound of Los Angeles duo of Gabrielle Wortman (now going by the stage name Gabby Bianco) and Jason Rosen is unabashedly, unashamedly reminiscent of great ’80s electropop. The promo video for their latest single ‘Sweetest Thing’ recalls the sweatiness of Olivia Newton John’s video for ‘Physical’, just without the exercise machines and leg warmers and in place of those, a whole lot of sweaty sultriness.

On the press release, Bianco offers an artistic explanation for the video: “We believe that fluidity is the future. As people who embrace blurred lines between masculinity/femininity, sexual orientation and monogamy, we wanted the Sweetest Thing music video to be an exploration into all types of sexual fluidity…The video uses dance as a metaphor to reject traditional binaries and allow us to literally slide between hetero-normative and same-sex pairings while simultaneously challenging dated notions of masculinity and monogamy.” Given the current societal push and pull on racial and gender issues, it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Watch the steamy video for Smoke Season’s ‘Sweetest Thing’ below. We hope an album is looming on the horizon.

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