There’s blue-collar ennui all over director Allie Avital Tsypin’s video for “Murmurs”, the latest single from Hundred Waters’ quietly devastating The Moon Rang Like a Bell. The Florida quartet – Skrillex’s first indie signing to his OWSLA label – meet a perfect foil in Tsypin, an esteemed director (and co-founder of BANGS) whose tranquil “Fall Back” clip for Zola Jesus had a similarly volcanic undercurrent. As singer Nicole Miglis beseeches her mystery muse, peers right through the camera and coos the creepiest “happy birthday” ever put to tape, construction workers orbit in an enchanted stupor, as if aghast at what they’re about to destroy. The scene closes on Miglis encircled in orange mesh, where she waits peacefully to be rebuilt – or, you suspect, knocked back down to rubble.
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