Up and coming Canadian artist, Laurence DaNova releases his 5th single titled Marsupial w/ a complimentary music video filmed in the peaceful Bucegi mountains in Romania.
Marsupial (defined): Marsupials are any members of the mammalian infraclass Marsupialia. All extant marsupials are endemic to Australasia, Wallacea and the Americas. A distinctive characteristic common to most of these species is that the young are carried in a pouch.
In Laurence’s own words…
My good friend Leonard Corcuera wrote several poems and sent them to me for feedback. One of the poems called Marsupial really stood out to me and moved me. I made some minor adjustments to the poem and wrote a melody for the words then composed the chords. The song is about how a close relationship that is bound like a mother/child relationship can evolve into something harmful, and the emotions of longing for something you once had that come along with it. I tried to elicit the feeling of Melancholiness in the song and video production elements- everything from the Boadicea inspired synth to the dark colour grading of the video.
This was the most difficult music video I’ve shot so far because it didn’t have a storyline and my goal was to create shots that capture the emotion of the song but still have a continuity and an obvious purpose. I chose to shoot the video in the Bucegi mountains because it’s an incredibly beautiful place that isn’t well known to the rest of the world and you feel so small among the mountains and plateaus. Because the song lyrically has natural elements in it, it made sense to shoot the video in nature and have some animals in it. The free roaming sheep and cows ended up being the perfect touch. A marsupial is an animal that carries its babies in a pouch for months after they are born. I thought this was an amazing metaphor for the inseparability and intimacy of people’s relationships, especially mother/child.
My favourite lyric from the song is “When the time comes that you’ve outgrown me will you hunt for me or will you hunt me?” To me this lyric sums up the main meaning I interpreted from Leonard’s poem. That you can be so closely bound to someone and show them the ways of life, only for them to just leave and betray you. This is the main reason we shot b-roll of me singing the song though in abandoned buildings within Bucegi area- to illustrate the feeling of abandonment. There is also some religious imagery in the video which I think brings a further depth and meaning to the song, but I would love for the listeners and viewers to interpret this in their own way.