Friday, March 11, 2016

Video Of The Week: Xania

Xania's artist profile says she's a rapper who fuses hip hop with electro and tap dancing and, while that's a fair assessment, it's missing her quirky charm and the fact that she doesn't seem to take on a project without making it pure and cute.

In her latest video, for the song Dance With The Robot, which she directed with Robert Donachie and Sylvain Brosset like her previous one for I'm Broke - which I've meant to share here since December and likely will in the future - fuses child-like choreography and costumes with nice Montréal sight lines and charismatic visuals and friends who seem to partake in the same kind of amusement.

It's refreshing, particularly in a time where even all the bubblegum pop you hear everywhere is so melodramatic (I'll jump on a grenade for you / You left me and I want to die), methodically-planned (focus groups say kids want to hear...) and pretty much antiseptic and generic (Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift); Xania's the opposite of all that.

So go ahead and dance along with the robot, folks. Have fun. Live a little.

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