I don’t know about you, but I rarely find that a music video inflicts much of an emotional response. I’m typically left bopping my head around or bored from a story line that is as dry as day old toast. ‘The Nature of Things’ transcends the simple classification of a music video. Feeling almost devastated by the end, I sat in silence sipping luke-warm tea at my desk, alone, in awe of what I just watched. ‘The Nature of Things’ is a tragic masterpiece; beautiful and gut wrenching -Betty.
“The Nature of Things” is the first in a trilogy of music videos from the Herbert Bail Orchestra, which in part and whole, conjure the malady of our American psyche. Award-winning director Björn Rühmann, co-creator Kerstin Rühmann and songwriter/composer Anthony Frattolillo and The Herbert Bail Orchestra, offer three enigmatic mood pieces in a style of storytelling that challenges the traditional form.
Within each video, a series of broken characters face the drama of alienation and existential despair over the course of a single day.
Part I, “The Nature of Things,” explores one man’s disconnected emotional life- living alone in a trailer in the middle of the desert with his dog. And when his dog, the last thing he is emotionally connected to, is endangered, his very existence is threatened. For many it creates a feeling of discomfort, as we follow this man’s experience of isolation through a barren landscape.