Bateleur’s music video for ‘Mendota Sky’ is a poetic reverie. Filled with images reminiscent of Eden’s lusciousness, it projects an atmosphere of nostalgic longing towards the innocence of childhood wonder before shifting towards the tenebrous stage of adulthood. The shooting style seems to place the audience on the outside of the action as omniscient viewers, but then transports them to the inner mind of the protagonist as the visuals switch between mid-shots of green flora to blurred POVs. However, this is open to interpretation – further emphasising the symbolic rather than literal nature of the clip.
“The short film is a passion project undertaken by Capetonian photographer Kent Andreasen as director and Adriaan Louw as lead cinematographer. ‘Mendota Sky’ explores the darker sides of obsession and nostalgia, while remaining oblique and open to interpretation. The emphasis of the short film, as with Bateleur’s music, is on mood, aesthetics and atmosphere. It was filmed and produced without any budget,” says the band.
‘Mendota Sky’ is the lead the single of Bateleur’s debut self-titled album set for release on 2 December.
Director: Kent Andreasen / Writer: Callum Wienburg / Producer: Tash Montlake / Cast: Wentzel van der Gryp / DOP: Adriaan Louw / Production Designer: Taylor Morris assisted by Paul Wallington / Editor: Xander van der Westhuizen / Wardrobe: Gabriella Kannemeyer / Colorist: Nic Apostoli / Animation: Wicked Pixels / Titles: Sebastian Van Oudenhove / Final sound mix: Nicolaas van Reenan at FIELD