by Richard Hart
The seductive, sexually intoned music video is pretty much a staple of pop music these days. It used to be the case that a music video was designed to sell the music that it was attached to. But increasingly in this visual era we live in, the video is designed to sell the artist as a sex symbol and the music is very much secondary to this.
Molly Beanland’s video for her song “Night Dreams” doesn’t set her up as a sex symbol, indeed she doesn’t actually appear in the video at all. But it does have a seductive message and a fairly overt sexual tone to it. Recurring images of femme-fatales of movie history ranging from Marilyn Monroe all the way to Mena Suvari from American Beauty surge across the screen in a collage of seductive, feminine images.
The sexual tone of the video is in places pretty strong and one of the recurring images is of the water-bound lesbian kiss in the movie “Wild Things”, a moment which may turn out to be Denise Richard’s highlight of her career. There is also the recurring rose petal fantasy from American Beauty which features Mena Suvari. Female beauty, whether it be fantasy or reality, dominant or submissive, innocent or knowing, all are displayed at some point in the video.
The song itself is a big bold 80’s synth pop song where the vocalist intones a dreamy chorus which is backed with some simplistic but effective electronica. There’s nothing overly sexual about her vocals and the song; if anything the song is actually surprisingly sweet considering the title of the song and the video that accompany it.
There’s obviously a bit of a Kate Bush feel to the song though the singer’s voice is not as powerful or dominating as Kate’s voice is. In fact Molly’s voice is much more modern, American toned with a rich, keening sound to it.
There’s something quite intriguing about her vocal style accompanied by a sugary electronica and drumkit work. The drumkit hits its notes a tiny bit harder than the synth but both are fairly light as the vocals are given centre stage, without ever truly being overpowering.
The video is a seduction; the song is perhaps a coquettish wave. Either way, the attention is caught.