May 112011

Call it “Black Swan Syndrome” or “Nutcracker Fatigue,” but ballet has never been more disturbing. What is it about images of grace and serenity that couple so well with images of unbridled violence? Whatever it is, it works.

The latest creepy-dancer visuals come from L.A. quartet Princeton. For the video for their cover of the Walker Brothers’ “The Electrician” (a dark enough song as is), they blend beautiful images of a ballerina dancing alone with a slow-motion police chase and beating. We’d say you’ll never see ballet the same way again, except, after Black Swan, you may see ballet this way already.

“Baby it’s slow,” the singer intones early on as a lone man walks down a Los Angeles street, blood quietly dripping from his hands. Hazy atmospherics and a Morrissey-esque croon fit his sentiment until, with a thud of drum machine, a police cruiser appears. Things slowly progress toward an inevitable conclusion, while the ballerina dances on. Directors T.S. Pfeffer and Robert McHugh give little away, so you’ll have to make up your own back story.

Watch the video below. Warning: It gets somewhat graphic towards the end. (via Interview)

Princeton ft. Active Child – The Electrician (The Walker Brothers cover)

“The Electrician” comes off Princeton’s new ‘To the Alps’ 7″.

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