Sometimes, you come across things that you never would have thought to pair, but when presented with the combination, you can’t understand how it never happened earlier. This is what the latest collaboration between neo-bubblegum pop experience Moonchild and Cape Town-based audio-visual act Original Swimming Party feels like. Their respective sounds – that of moody, melodic (occasionally too obvious) electronica and distinctively South African post-bubblegum pop – tend to exist in contrasting spaces, but together their qualities make for the wonderfully authentic and emotion-driven love song, ‘Biggest Curse’.
However, the video that they have released it with is what really seals the deal here.
Directed by Johannesburg-based filmmaker Amy Allais, the music video brings the song to life through dancing in its most blissful and innocently cheeky form. A young boy (dancer, Lukhanyo Nongqongqo) enters a house – drawn in by the smell of a freshly baked cake – and loses himself in a moment of indulgence, entering a sort of parallel universe where he goes unnoticed by the adults of the household, only to be confronted by the young girl (Ami Jackson) who lives in the house who can definitely see him. There is an initial moment of apprehension, but this swiftly enters a fun, playful and immensely impressive dance partnership, choreographed by Natalie Fisher and Maxwell Xolani Rani, and reminiscent of the video for Flying Lotus’ 2014 collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, ‘Never Catch Me’.
They’re then joined by who it feels safe to assume is the girl’s younger sister (Leah Miller) as they dance their way through the house with toilet paper streams in abundance, colourful lights and impressive dress-up, until retiring to feast upon the cake which seemed to unite them in the first place.
The video is an incredibly refreshing reminder of how easy it can be to find joy as a child and how, like the adults in the video, we can become despondent to these moments as we grow older. When considering the reflective nature of some of the lyrics, “I think about this / Whenever I’m alone / I thank you for the things you are doing for me,” there is a cross-over of messages here, where we are sonically and visually reminded to be more aware of the good things in our lives as we’re often too quick to dismiss them.
The release of the video has followed a seemingly low-key approach, as it has been uploaded to YouTube and social media, but hopefully there is a ‘second wave’ push for further reach, so that even more people will see it and receive the video’s uplifting message.
But for now, you can enjoy it here: