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Year’s Best: OKP’s Top 14 Music Videos Of 2014

Year’s Best: OKP’s Top 14 Music Videos Of 2014

Year's Best: OKP's Top 14 Music Videos Of 2014

5. Nick Hakim – “The Light” [dir. Terence Nance]

At the top of the year, OKP premiered tracks from the perpetually-described-as-ethereal newcomer Nick Hakim. Our first look ushered in a pair of lullabies from the DMV native, one of which would come to stand out in “The Light.” As he explained of the project on which the song is included: “Where Will We Go stamps a point in time that I was dealing with death within my family and community, the questioning of religion…I guess, it’s just a young kid trying to figure out what’s going on.” It’s no surprise, then, that Hakim and director Terence Nance created a video filled with images that depict a beautifully spectral thoughtfulness, with its soft focus, black-and-white shadows and splashes of muted color. Depictions of frozen lakes, starry light imagery, and computer-created effects are layered with static, live action scenes to guide us gently through their world. The video speaks clearly to what Nance has described as a “free association” between him and Hakim to put on film the kind of imagery the track conjures upon listening. The duo are said to have let their subconscious — rather than deliberate and meticulously planned storyboarding — dictate what the video would become. The result is an alluring and captivating step inside the collective mind of an artist and a director collaborating at the highest level. – Cali Green

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