One Video: Supernova by Ansel Elgort
Each week, a slew of recent music movies hits the online. Watching them at your desk isn’t time theft since you deserve it; consider it as a pleasant reward for surviving one other work week. However what in case you don’t have time to look at each video — possibly you will have a deadline, a hungry pet, or different grown-up considerations. In consideration of your schedule, Lizzie and Kaitlyn deliver you a collection referred to as One Video. Every week we’ll let you know “one video” you could watch, why, and for the way lengthy.
This week’s video: “Supernova” by Ansel Elgort
Kaitlyn: There have been a number of strong candidates for “the one music video you could watch this week” this week, together with Taylor Swift’s interpretation of a rap video (boats! excessive ponytails! one more glitter hoodie! what number of did she purchase?), a Rock ‘em Sock ‘em robots-themed dance-off from Dua Lipa, and one thing by The Killers that allegedly “moved” some individuals. Additionally, Diplo purchased Doc Martens. And Troye Sivan noticed Footloose. A Boogie become a cartoon and Lizzie mentioned “What does ‘you bought an enormous physique, however a bit face’ imply?” Who cares! All of this was rendered completely irrelevant by the discharge of a brand new Ansel Elgort video.
It was directed by Colin Tilley, who additionally directed Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.” It stars Ansel Elgort as a sweaty individual.
Lizzie: This Ansel Elgort video is for his tune “Supernova,” which can be the title of his upcoming EP. “Supernova” feels like Ansel awoke from an extended nap throughout which he had a really plausible dream that he was a rapper. It’s exhausting to say if this may maintain up thematically with the remainder of the EP, although apparently there’s a tune on it referred to as “Ansel Again in Time,” and I can’t wait until that one comes out.
Who’s Ansel Elgort?
Kaitlyn: Ansel is tough to explain, however listed below are just a few ways in which we’ve described him earlier than:
“The kind of dude whose first 10 pages of Getty Picture search outcomes are of him leaping out of his chair at a basketball recreation”
“Exhibits an actual dedication to each his physique and exhibiting you his physique”
“Elgort ought to get some credit score for making an attempt”
I’d add that he strikes me as the kind of man who emailed this Excessive College Musical-inspired country-rap tune to his native radio station with the be aware “So… I did a factor :)” I’d additionally add that I like him.
Lizzie: When you’re a longtime listener, first-time caller of One Video, you realize that Ansel Elgort is definitely a One Video veteran. His video for “Thief” was the one which impressed all of it; the one video that wanted One Video greater than some other video had beforehand.
Ansel can be a graduate of New York Metropolis’s LaGuardia Excessive College, and I feel it’s a bit suspicious that this tune got here out the identical week all of us found that Ansel’s highschool nemesis, Name Me By Your Identify’s Timothée Chalamet, started his personal rap profession years in the past. I’ll admit, the songs are fairly completely different. Ansel’s is darkish and unhappy, stuffing his feelings into his intestine and begging us to love him, whereas Timothée’s is about statistics.
What’s particular about “Supernova” by Ansel Elgort:
Kaitlyn: The tiny flight of standalone stairs within the alley behind Ansel Elgort’s condominium! The place did they arrive from? How a lot did they price? Would they appear good within the alley behind my condominium, and would I profit from jogging it out on some elegant child stairs at any time when I’m upset about such customary trials as “Look overhead on the stars, and the ocean / Foggy feelings, moments, erosion?”
Lizzie: Effectively, the tune’s already been caught in my head for an hour, in order that’s not nothing. As for the video, I like that it’s so darkish which you can barely inform what’s happening, and the one beacons of sunshine are mirrored within the droplets of sweat perched on Ansel’s higher lip.
How lengthy everybody ought to watch “Supernova” by Ansel Elgort:
Kaitlyn: As a lot as you may deal with. Then watch this related clip from the frankly disturbing movie Excessive College Musical 2, wherein Zac Efron performs a Patrick Swayze in Soiled Dancing-inspired character who’s pressured to decide on between utilizing his physique for love and utilizing it for cash. How did this air on the Disney Channel? Simply questioning!
Lizzie: When you begin watching this video, you would possibly discover it tough to cease, and I imply that sincerely. The shortage of any actual lighting, paired with random occasions like Ansel doing hopscotch and a parade of umbrella males, will make you’re feeling such as you’re ready for an enormous reveal, whether or not there’s one coming or not. I’m not going to say there may be, and I’m not going to say there isn’t.
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