In her new video for "Goldmine," Kimbra brings life to a monochromatic palette.
Shot in a Berlin factory, the video is something of a short film, an artful and edgy stop-motion piece set to a soul-piercing soundtrack. However, the video asks its viewer to dig deeper than what meets the eye. Holding symbolic significance, it shines light on its shimmering subject: gold.
In a recent conversation with Rolling Stone, Kimbra -- featured on Gotye's 2012 No. 1 hit "Somebody That I Used to Know" -- shared the idea behind the track. “Gold must be refined in the fire before it takes on its true character. Much like life itself, we must be tested and refined before we can give from the deepest part of ourselves,” she told the magazine. With New Zealand filmmakers Chester Travis and Timothy Armstrong, she collaborated on the visuals representative of this valuable concept. “The process of gold is a fascinating metaphor for pain and suffering."
The "Goldmine" video is as thought-provoking as it is visually stimulating -- and apparently even more laborious. A reported 400 square yards of aluminum foil and 700 polystyrene spikes were used for the piece, showing themselves as gold streams running from faucets and flooding down stairs. The "Goldmine" video reminds us of the gem that is The Golden Echo, her 2014 album -- and not to mention, the unique vocalist at hand.
Painting the industrial scene with a ghostly dance, Kimbra moves to the song's glimmering and pensive pulse. Watch below: