Video of the Day: Mika – Make You Happy // Issue #10

By ajcolores

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For some reason, in the modern day of YouTube and internet visuals being available at our fingertips, music videos have become a thing of the ‘hit or miss’ concept. Unfortunately, there are thousands upon thousands of badly shot, self-promotion videos that cease to capture the artistic movement that is cinema. However, there are some that are head and shoulders better than the rest, and are continuing to capture the beauty and subtle magic the motion picture has to offer.

Mika, the fun loving pop prince, is back. Although I was a little nervous about what I was unleashing upon the windows to my soul, I was pleasantly impressed with his new video for his latest single ‘Make You Happy’. Although, it’s not a video, it’s a short film. Does changing the name of it add more clout to the show reel itself? I think psychologically it does.

Mika states

Here's the first song I wanted you to hear from my new record, "The Origin of Love." This is not a single but a song I really love and wanted to share with you.

I commissioned a short film which I felt perfectly captured the sentiment of the track. The film was directed by Iouri Philippe Paillé and was made in Montreal. This is where the entire album started taking shape a year ago with Nick Littlemore at Planet Studios in Papineau.

I can't wait for you to hear the first single and the rest of the album very, very soon
WATCH // 'Make You Happy'

The video is a fantastic visual portrayal of the splendour of innocent youth, and it captures the magic of the emotion between each character wonderfully between each frame. Although it’s ridiculously high quality, it still spills out a grainy, atmospheric wash over the young, modern day love stories that are portrayed beautifully. The video, I mean short film, zooms in on every subtle moment that usually fleets passed and emphasises the power such emotion holds, and cages it in this visual spectacle as a testimony of those moments shared between two people at that moment in time.

Mika’s music isn’t anything groundbreaking, but combine it with the video and it heightens the tapestry of intertwining stories displayed. We need to cherish these moments, and Mika is showing us exactly why we should.

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