Pamphlets – SQUID

Squid is a British post-punk band from Brighton, England. They are currently based in London. Squid released their debut EP on Speedy Wunderground, Town Centre, in 2019 and have since released four singles on Warp Records. Their debut full-length album, Bright Green Field, was released by Warp Records on 7 May 2021. Here’s the official video for Pamphlets by Raman Djafari. When planning the music videos for this album we wanted to make sure we covered a few different mediums, so we’re super happy to have a freaky animation ticked off the list.

Unsettling? Yes! Hopeful? Yes! Life affirming? I wouldn’t go that far… but close! Enjoy.

Directed and designed by Raman Djafari
Rigging and character animation by Barney Abrahams

“The video for Pamphlets is a meditation on the feeling of being unfit, unlovable, not compatible and the manic anxiety and stress that this results in. I wanted to explore a state of mind that I have found myself in many times, of fearing to go outside and being confronted with everything that one cannot love about themselves.

Rooted in trauma that is as personal as it is always connected to society at large, harmful self-images are incredibly hard to escape. The fear of being rejected for the ways one is marked as different and perceived as such, manifested in the presence and gaze of others, becomes the way we see ourselves. We internalize the rejection that we are subjected to. As a result, there is the urge to hide away, suppress and judge whatever it is that we have been taught to hate. Thus detaching from the self and thereby detaching from others.

This is a video that relates to my own experiences as well as it is a solidarisation with everyone that has been made to feel this way.” ~ Raman Djafari


— Pamphlets Lyrics —

That’s why I don’t go
Outside

Pale teeth and white smiles
They don’t care and I don’t mind
Pale bricks and wide smiles
That’s why I don’t go outside
I’ve got a brand new car
Right on my drive
But those pale bricks and white smiles
That’s why I don’t go outside

I don’t go outside, outside, outside
I’ve got flagpoles in my sights

Legs still but the herd is in motion
Legs still but the herd is in motion
Legs still but the herd is in motion
Could you do another and could we be in motion?

Pamphlets through my door
And pamphlets on my floor
Open wide, we’ve got everything, everything you like

https://www.squidband.uk/​

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