- 21 Jul 22
Watch Sorcha Richardson's new music video for her latest single, 'Shark Eyes'.
Dublin-based musician Sorcha Richardson released her single 'Shark Eyes' earlier this month as part of the lead up to her second album. The accompanying music video landed today, capturing the loneliness and elation of falling in love with your best friend.
In the clip, Richardson lays out the complicated nature of relationships with the storyline of a single night. How even when you're in a room full of people, there can be a single person pulling your focus. The video captures how the lights dim when their attention is diverted and the out-of-body exhilaration to have that attention turned on you. It also focuses on the flickers of hurt when the party's finally over.
The director, Olivia McLaughlin, spoke to the experience of creating the video saying: “The song is very visual and introspective, so it was fulfilling to translate this onscreen. The decision was made early on in the process that the relationship we portrayed wouldn’t be explicitly defined, so viewers can bring their own experiences to the piece. Throughout filming, we sought to capture little moments of authenticity, intimacy, and the nuances of female friendship. The energy between Sorcha and Lauren is so palpable and electric, I think they capture this brilliantly.”
The video slips from melancholy - with Richardson seeming to recount the story of the prior evening to the viewer - to a distant grudging fondness for the person who had made the night sparkle. There's playfulness, unfiltered joy, and the rosy glow of satisfaction as the singer seems to watch herself and the other girl in their own giddy world from the outside looking in. The video ends with a veil of ambiguous relief. The girls returned to each other but with unresolved hurt in the leaving of the night before.
It's a little bit heartbreaking and a perfect encapsulation of the strangeness of being young and disillusioned about unrequited love.
Richardson says "I wish every music video was as fun to shoot as this one. 'Shark Eyes' is a song about a very confusing relationship full of infatuation and false hope that swings between pure exhilaration and total disappointment. Director Olivia McLaughlin, DOP Leon Forrestal and the entire Tiny Ark crew were a dream to work with and captured the delicate balance of that relationship so perfectly.
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— Michael Fry (@BigDirtyFry) July 19, 2022
"When I first started thinking about this video, the only thing that I was sure of was that I wanted my friend Lauren Farrell to be my co-star and for the video to follow us on some kind of epic late-night odyssey," Richardson explains further. "The fact that it led to us pushing Michael Fry (the funniest man in Ireland) around a car park in a trolley on a Monday night was beyond my wildest dreams. An extra special thank you to Carly for dressing us up, all of my friends who showed up to “my party” to be extras, to the house in Templeogue for letting us have a party, and to Anto at the Workmans’ Club for letting us crash karaoke and sing a song that nobody had ever heard. I wish we could do it all over again."
My love, you’re the cold, cold call
You’re the nicotine hit, but you’re just all talk
My love, you’re the New York dream
We were nothing at all, we were everything
The new album, Smiling Like An Idiot, is available for pre-order and will be released September 23rd of this year.
Watch the new video below.
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