In “Monument,” the latest visual offering off of Röyksopp and Robyn’s collaborative mini-album, the trio dip in and out of the physical and ethereal worlds, hopping back and forth between the visible and the invisible, past and present — one might even say life and death.
“The video for ‘Monument’ is some kind of inner journey, which I think is also what the music is about,” Robyn explains in a behind-the-scenes featurette. “Like space and time and physicality and your own experience of your body.” Video director and boyfriend of the “Call Your Girlfriend” singer Max Vitali elaborates on his vision: “It’s about exploring the space around you and in you and finding your own space within it all.”
That’s all super deep and beautiful, you guys, but how am I supposed to find my own space within it all when I know there’s a finite number of videos left to be made off of the Do It Again EP? And that cold, harsh reality just hammers home the fact that there are a finite number of Robyn videos waiting to be made period and that, ultimately, everything you and I love will eventually come to an end.
Did it get #dark in here, or is it just me?
And before you say anything, yes I am making this about myself. As RuPaul has (probably at some point) said, “If you can’t make it about yourself, how the hell are you gonna make it about someone else?” So stick that in your custom platform Timberlands, and deal with it.
“Sayit,” “Do It Again,” and now “Monument” have all received the music video treatment, which means that only “Every Little Thing” and “Inside The Idle Hour Club” remain to be clipped out. Will they? Given the near monthly turnaround on the videos so far, I’d say that two more aren’t out of the question.
But if we do end up getting clips for the final two mini-album tracks, then that means we’ll have to wait until Robyn decides to release her solo followup to 2010′s Body Talk for more Robyn. (I know it sounds obvious, but it hurts so bad.) Who even knows when that will be? It could be tomorrow. It could be never. It could even be Flag Day — and literally nobody knows when Flag Day is. Do you see how dire our situation is yet? Wake up, America.
Until that time comes, I guess I’ll just have to accept what I cannot change about this Robyn-variable world. If you want to take the 35-year-old Swedish performer’s “Monument” lyrics literally, we could think of this latest video as a beacon when she’s gone, but I’m just not sure that will be enough…
I think I need to dance this one out.