The hazy shoegazing off-beat tribalism of Young Magic is merged with Sergei Parajanov’s visual spiritualism to transmit an otherwordly utopia, somewhere lost in images, colours and sounds. Somewhere in the back of our minds we may recognize Young Magic’s pursue of the earthly and Parajanov’s pursue of the divine.
Nonetheless, both keep pace with the journey inwards – they pave common trajectories
Young Magic’s ‘Drawing Down The Moon’, from their recent debut album ‘Melt’ is visualized with screens from Sergei Parajanov’s ‘The Color of Pomegranates’’ (1968) (a re-named and re-edited version of Sayat Nova, after Soviet censorship). It is Sergei’s attempt to reproduce visually the life of the great Armenian poet and musician Sayat Nova. The video is like a mechanistic vision of ‘tableau vivants’ trying to imprint in various artistic forms how it could be if we were trying to understand the apparatus of the universe.
The revolutionary film director, unwilling to submit to the mandatory socialist realism style which was imposed in USSR, he created his own cinematic universe, greatly influenced by Andrei Tarkovsky’s ‘Ivan’s Childhood’ (1962). That was also one of the reasons that he had to suffer continuous persecution (four years in labour camps and 9 months in prison).
A pressing question also arises: How long people will be willing to submit to the present cultural industries (music, film etc.). All in all, we do need a sense of otherwordliness, to take a fresh look out of the patterns of cultural hegemony and bring our untaped creativity to a living reality.