We premiere the video for Elohim’s woozy new track, ‘Xanax’.
When we met LA based electro-pop artist Elohim after her gig a few weeks ago she was everything we hoped she would be: as unique as her sound, open and expansive in conversation and happy to talk un-ironically and without embarrassment about her artistic process. Fresh from an unlikely but accomplished collaboration with rapper and one time Odd Future founder Casey Veggies, Elohim is following up the release of her track ‘Xanax’ with a video that Wonderland are thrilled to premiere.
‘Xanax’ is a deliciously soporific and woozy slice of pop that fulfils the weirdly soothing promise of its title without the dependency issues that a real Xanax addiction might entail. It showcases Elohim’s characteristically honest and challenging lyrics – “I don’t wanna be dependent / On synthetic medicine / That keeps me calm enough to sleep / But kills me softly when I’m weak” – over an expansive and spacey beat that flickers from ear to ear as her ethereal voice is chopped and repeated into a stick-it-on-repeat chorus. The video, directed by Chase O’Black, flickers between black and white and then trippy purples: forever indistinct and out of focus, it captures something of the song’s preoccupation with blurred perceptions and synthetic realities and is well worth checking out as a window into Elohim’s unique artistic vision.
WORDS: Benji Walters