Ahead of her North American tour which kicks off next week in Washington, DC, Julia Holter has shared a video for ‘Les Jeux To You’.
The track features on last year’s ‘Aviary’, and according to Julia is “about a seeking for compassion and humility in a world where it feels like empathy is always being tested”.
The video was directed by Geneva Jacuzzi. “After I heard ‘Les Jeux to You’,” she says of the process, “images from Fando Y Lis, a film that has always haunted me, flooded my mind and I knew we had to reimagine it. Set in a dystopian future past, the two lovers escape to a mythical city and along the way are confronted with both terrifying figures of the unconscious and joyful memories of the past that accelerate a descent into madness. As a female artist, I felt the need to explore the anima of this myth and reinscribe the imagery as a mode of empowerment of the feminine directorial gaze. I knew it would be a challenge because it is a controversial film, but it was particularly unsettling to read the recent allegations against its director Alejandro Jodorowsky shortly after we made the video. It made me think more about the project and ultimately reinforced my original intention of reframing the work as a complex and nuanced take on the psychology of self-destructive relationships. There is a mysterious essence to this story, a sort of psycho-spiritual unravelling that I connect to the surrealist poetry of Julia’s lyrics and music.”