Wednesday Campanella just released their new EP Galapagos on June 27. They also just posted a new music video for the track The Bamboo Princess.
The Bamboo Princess Music Video
The song asks the question of whether Princess Kaguya from The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter was actually an alien, and what happened before and after the story. The song was composed by Kenmochi Hidefumi and the lyrics by KOM_I.
The music video was directed by Kento Yamada who also directed Wednesday Campanella’s Matryoshka featuring Moodoïd which was released recently.
Princess Kaguya was born from a bamboo shoot, and the music video expresses that through interesting camerawork, such as when the camera is titled to give a sense of floating. KOM_I’s outfit was made with a 3D pen, and her headpiece is a necklaced created by headpiece designer Seiran Tsuno.
KOM_I’s performance as Princess Kaguya paints her in a mysterious light as she moves through the darkness, making her look human but not at the same time.
Although “ao” is blue why does “aoao” make you think of bright green?* “Ao” in Japanese means more than the turquoise colour of the ocean. It also can also mean the green of chlorophyll. This EP is the beauty of the ‘ao’ found in the bamboo thickets of the Japanese archipelago during early summer. This is the season where the mountains carry the eruption of life. All the flower buds sprout, the vivid colours swaying lively in the wind, with every cell screaming ‘I’m alive!’ Life, which arrived from the blue ocean, stretches into the green of the lands. But where is it heading for now? What form of life will appear next? Superwoman Princess Kaguya, who appeared from the lights, is an alien who captures an image of life not too far in the future. Here’s to the helix of DNA, that it may continue onward while changing the forms of motion of those in existence.
*Translator’s Note: Ao (青) in Japanese can mean ‘blue’ and ‘green,’ but aoao (青々) means ‘verdant,’ referring to fresh green vegetation.
Director Kento Yamada’s Comments:
I think everyone gets nervous when it comes to music videos nowadays. So I tried to think about making something like a picture book that you read before sleeping. Rela~x. Get excited about the many strange and mysterious things.
Wednesday Campanella will perform two solo shows this week at Kawaguchiko Stellar Theater on June 30 and July 1. We look forward to seeing which new songs KOM_I will perform on stage from the new EP.
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