GoldLink released his acclaimed debut album And After That, We Didn’t Talk late last year, and today comes the two-part video for two tracks brought together as one, Palm Trees and Late Night ft. Masego, directed by Jerome D.
The video is split into little vignettes, each prefaced by a date and time-stamp. The first section begins at the end of the story, with an image of a dead girl behind the wheel of the car.
From there, we rewind a couple days and we see her climbing out of a window (presumably her family home) and hop in a car with her friends. We then see them a few hours later in the club, dancing, our protagonist getting intimate with a guy.
Now we fast forward a few hours again to a convenience store robbery, after which the friends celebrate their takings, drinking in the streets etc. We see the couple growing closer still, and the scene then travels to a bedroom, clothes strewn across the floor, a sensual moment. The final vignette begins precisely 30 minutes before the opening scene. We watch as the girl leaves her sleeping friend, hops in the car, and drives off. As to how she ends up dead half an hour later, well, that’s left up to you to decide.
An interesting, beautifully shot and thought-provoking interview from the enigmatic young artist, it certainly is fascinating to see how varied and creative music videos are getting these days.
GoldLink was in the country earlier this year to play at Laneway Festival. Check out our photo shoot with him here.
Image: Michelle Grace Hunder / Howl & Echoes