Video of the Day: Jane in Space – “Breaking Glass”

 

There is so much to like here. The video itself is awesome regardless of the music, but I do have to emphasize how much I love the music. The vocals and build up on the percussion in particular really strike me as exceptional. Once you get into the meat of the video, I love the simple design that really makes you ponder a lot about the purpose of it all. Obviously the ability to move around the glass with his mind has some sort of connection to the title “Breaking Glass.” For me, the whole time I was waiting on a violent eruption where the glass shatters everywhere; it created a sense of anxiety through the whole video for me. What we got instead was an apathetic sort of falling motion while the protagonist solemnly puts his head on the table. And ultimately I guess the reveal is that he’s not moving the glass, some sort of earthquake or external force is? I love how symbolic the whole thing is, and it allows the viewer to make a lot of their own meaning.

“But if you free your desires then we’ll free our devotion to you
Always inclined to be on top, to reach the top
Until you’re out of time
Empty words, brittle heart
We still raise this world on breaking glass

We left her out in the rain to bleed again”

I think some of the meaning is illuminated in the lyrics, which seem to suggest that our society, which is constantly aimed at achievement and the almighty dollar. could be the source of a lot of our problems. That really the only way to keep this sort of society going, is by having people left out of it. The constant haves and have nots equation. It’s more than that, because that assumes that everyone even wants to be a part of it in the first place, which of course, if a lot of us had our druthers, we probably would focus more on our passions than on our money. It’s really a beautiful constructed song and video with a lot of questions still left to answer. What are you guys’ thoughts? Comment below or message me on Facebook.

-Caleb

We added this song and more to our Spotify August TOTD Playlist. Check that out here.

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