Video of The Day: Under The Reefs Orchestra

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Blue-tinted footage of sumo wrestling wasn't something I expected to see today, but the and-now-for-something-completely-different kind of unexpected is pretty on-brand for 2020.

The video for Under The Reefs Orchestra's tropical-tinged dreamscape "Hana" is the kind of transportive, fascinating visual that offers some much-needed mental reset. Watching the large, scantily-clad athletes meet in a graceful battle of wills while the Belgian band's liquidly dulcet, escapist sounds swirl soothingly allows for three and a half minutes of calm in a world that is, increasingly, anything but.

The band perfectly describes "Hana" as "a piece of pure light and lightness," and that's something 2020 could definitely use a lot more of.

[posted 5.29.20]


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