Oliver Riot's New Music Video For "Ivory Black" Depicts A Devastating Mental Collapse
Composed of twin brothers Benjamin and Alexander Moore, LA-based duo Oliver Riot have been creating genre-bending soundscapes for the past few years. Beyond the phantasmal and otherworldly arrangements they present, perhaps the most important piece to their puzzle is that they use their music as a platform to educate listeners on Pure-O OCD -- a type of OCD in which sufferers are plagued by hidden compulsions and intrusive thoughts -- which both brothers have been diagnosed with.
With their new music video accompaniment to "Ivory Black," off their debut EP, Oliver Riot choreograph a stunning visual representation of the disorder they suffer daily. To learn more about Pure-O OCD, you can read our exclusive interview with Ben and Alex from just a few months ago and research it yourself right here.
Enlisting the help of director Ian Lipton, performer Nicole Branch, and a talented creative team, Oliver Riot weave a tale of unraveling. The video for "Ivory Black" is naked and hazy, much like its content. The shots are dazzling, a palette of light and dark -- with nothing in between -- decorating each scene, creams and beiges and blacks filling the screen. The video follows Nicole as she visibly suffers, shaking and snapping and convulsing and howling, in the warmth and silence of both a bathtub and a bedroom.
About the video, Oliver Riot say that it focuses on "attempting to hold on to a thin line between mania and reality." This concept is made abundantly, beautifully clear. Each shot is framed in such a way where we alternately get much of the puzzle -- shots where Nicole rocks, centered, on a bed swimming in loose papers -- or just pieces of it -- B-roll of bokeh sparkling in the water or a slender hand suspended in air.
The cinematography alone is enough to astonish viewers, but paired with the twinkling piano rhythms and warbling tremors of the percussion and those sweet falsettos, "Ivory Black" in its entirety becomes a devastatingly candid look at Pure-O OCD.