Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week. But what if you don’t have time to watch every video — maybe you have a deadline, a hungry pet, or other grown-up concerns. In consideration of your schedule, Lizzie and Kaitlyn bring you a series called One Video. Each week we’ll tell you “one video” you need to watch, why, and for how long.
This week’s video: “After the Storm” by Kali Uchis, Tyler, the Creator, and Bootsy Collins
I absolutely refuse to watch another new Justin Timberlake music video, and I would feed my fingers into the top of an escalator before I would ask you to do so. Additionally, though I wouldn’t go so far as to maim myself over it, I don’t especially want you to watch any of this week’s somber, chilly videos from Lady Gaga, Noel Gallagher, James Blake, or my idiot son Liam Payne. Enough of this winter aesthetic. I can’t take it anymore! It has been January for as long as I can remember.
Instead, I would like to offer you a well-earned bit of sunshine: “After the Storm” by Kali Uchis, with help from her generationally disparate pals Tyler, the Creator and Bootsy Collins.
As you may have already guessed, Lizzie is in Florida, and I am alone, talking to myself about a music video in which a woman, 23-year-old Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis, is also alone. At first! The video for her new-ish song “After the Storm” starts with Kali making a grocery list, which includes items like bread, cheese, milk, eggs, and a new lover. Actually, a new “LOVER.” Underlined! This is not an ordinary grocery store, which you can surmise from the color blocking and singing cans of soup, along with the fact that customers can purchase packets of seeds that will eventually turn into a lover.
After her trip to the store, Kali returns home to read some magazines in an incredible powder blue jumpsuit, eat like 400 apricots, and wait for her lover to grow up. “Waiting for your lover to grow up” is, I would say, a common experience, though usually not this literal.
Who are Kali Uchis, Tyler, the Creator, and Bootsy Collins?
Kali Uchis is, as I said, a young pop and R&B singer. She is nominated for a Grammy this weekend, for a collaboration with Daniel Caesar. I personally love her Jorja Smith duet “Tyrant,” which is about a rude guy. Tyler, the Creator is a controversial figure in modern hip-hop, reality TV, and skater culture, whose life we don’t have the space to get into right now. His most recent album Flower Boy was described by Pitchfork as “a kaleidoscopic sonic wonder.” You can decide what that means later.
In this video, he is a packet of seeds, then a face submerged partially in a lawn, then a man with leaf hair and a gorgeous cardigan.
Bootsy Collins — in addition to being an extremely famous musician who was friends with James Brown — is apparently a big Tyler, the Creator fan, as he references Tyler’s 2017 song “See You Again” during his portion of this lovely collaboration. By “references” I mean: in 2017, Tyler said “I wonder if you look both ways when you cross my mind,” and in 2018, Bootsy Collins said, “Look both ways before you cross my mind.” Much like these two men, I am a fan of remixing common practical safety advice and turning it into poetic but ultimately useless love advice. For example: buckle up!
What’s special about “After the Storm” by Kali Uchis, Tyler, the Creator, and Bootsy Collins:
Kali’s hairdressers are birds? Her husband and children are plant people? All of the processed food in her universe has Bootsy Collins on it, and he’s singing to her? She doesn’t traipse around looking for love like some schmuck but rather, puts on a radically lemon-yellow ensemble and turns over cold hard cash for it?
How long everyone should watch “After the Storm” by Kali Uchis, Tyler, the Creator, and Bootsy Collins:
Sometimes you have to hold on until the end. Or as Kali would say, “The sun’ll come out.” Or as Kali would say, “Nothing good ever comes easy.” Or as Kali would say, “We’ve been struggling endless days / someday we’ll find the love.”
I forgot it is winter, and it’s all thanks to Kali. These clocks confused me, and now I feel okay.