New York’s Late Sea have completed a massive undertaking that involved nearly two years of solidification. Last Thursday, the art rock collective’s accompanying video for “Hunter” marked the penultimate piece of the Writer’s Trilogy EP, which saw release back in late December. The combined product proves a wholly unique visual/audio approach, each piece dedicated to an influential 20th century Jewish writer – “Ring the Bells” to Baruch Spinoza, “The Great White” to Paul Celan, and “Hunter” to Franz Kafka.
The perspective of “Hunter” is an arctic setting where a frozen woman (portrayed by Mina Nishimura) dances from the confines of an ice block. Her performance is interesting, beginning with rigid, frail movements that become increasingly graceful – like a trapped soul returning to reality – before the ice finally breaks. Amid the video’s metaphorical take is an ode to Kafka in the sincerest sense. Kafka was thought to have been cripplingly shy, as a result of being internally constricted, yet hungry to express his creativity. What ended up being expressed was clearly intelligent and, despite surpassing Kafka’s early death, would eventually resonate with millions.
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