Vindata Drops Latest Video, Gives Us EXCLUSIVE Inside Look

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Through Time and Space EP

Fog floats along the brittle grass, nearly dancing as the first notes of the synth blare. Suddenly, the tattered edges of long ropes are in shot, a black hooded figure pulling them into billowing clouds.

This is how Vindata’s latest video “Can’t Say No” begins. An ostensibly cheery song in composition, “Can’t Say No” was released in August 2015 along with the Through Time and Space EP.  On February 12th, nearly six months later, Pitchfork Media debuted its video on their website.

 

The work draws inspiration primarily from the melancholy lyrics to indicate that love maintains a heavy influence on one’s perspective. Throughout the video, Chuck Ellis (vocalist) appears as the only sentient being, singing presumably about an estranged lover. From dusk to dawn, he walks through a barren forest and a desolate farm (as heavy ceramic teeth accumulate on the ends of the ropes tied to his chest). Thus, Vindata suggests the solitude involved in the path to attain affection. In addition, the color scheme presented is of muted shades, almost grayscale. This visual aesthetic illustrates that without that intimacy, the vibrancy of life is minimized. Both these inferences indicate that love and companionship are essential to the feeling of one’s own wholeness.

Though directed by Adam Newport-Berra in upstate New York, L.A.-based Vindata maintained creative contact throughout the process. According to Branden Ratcliff of Vindata, he and fellow bandmate Jared Poythress “went over the treatment and loved what the director came up with.” For instance, when asked what the molars Chuck Ellis drags through the farm represent, he quickly responded: “sometimes love can be as painful as pulling teeth.” The song’s delivery of such a nuanced message reflects the duo’s commitment to portraying meaning through their art, rather than mindless ostentation. While Vindata does not make a cameo, one is potentially in the works. When questioned as to whether they would ever show their faces in a music video, Ratcliff responded, “maybe.”

So there you have it folks. Now, enough reading the mumbo-jumbo I sling and check it out for yourselves. Included below are both the video and the lyrics for the song, in case one is interested in either karaoke or further literary analysis:

I woke up with a message from you

There’s a lot that I could say

But I’m not so ready to open this

Not feeling so steady right now

You come and call out my name like you know it

You come and say we’re the same we’re just older

I know it’s wrong

I feel it strong

But I can’t say no

Tie me up

Take my time

Loving you violently

Follow me

Or do you wanna leave

Showing me silently

I know you gotta take a chance for good

And I can’t say no

And I can’t say no

And I can’t say no

After all it’s a lesson I choose

That I won’t push you away

But I’m not so ready to reminisce

Your voice is unsettled somehow

Know we’re playing a game that we can’t win

Sinking low in the sand that we stand in

It’s been so long

Since we’ve been on

But I can’t say no

Tie me up

Take my time

Loving you violently

Follow me

Or do you wanna leave

Showing me silently

I know you gotta take a chance for good

And I can’t say no

And I can’t say no

And I can’t say no

 

 

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