Naomi Yang's video for Sharon Van Etten's 'Serpents'
Back in 2011 Naomi made a video for Sharon Van Etten’s song ‘Serpents’ that never at the time saw the light of day. Now, ahead of the imnminent 11th anniversary (!?) reissue the video is finally getting out there.
Finally out tomorrow!!! After 11 years!!! The music video I made for Sharon Van Etten and her song “Serpents.” Lighting design and projections by the secret weapon of many a rock star, Susanne Sasic.
Naomi Yang (Instagram)
About a year or two ago, Naomi Yang (of Galaxie 500) reached out to me after she had rediscovered a video that we had made together in 2011, during the making of Tramp, just before the album’s release. It was for the song Serpents. At the time, I didn’t have much experience with music videos. I was very insecure about being the focus of a video. Maybe I wasn’t ready to face my demons. I know it sounds funny. I could write and perform them, but facing them and baring my soul on camera felt like an entirely different thing, and when I looked at myself, I felt uncomfortable in my own skin. I chose not to release the video. While reading Naomi’s email during the pandemic, and watching this younger version of myself, I felt empathy for the emotions I was trying to express in the song and the video form. I could see the drive within me to share my soul and connect with others that felt a similar drive and desperation for answers, resolution. The timing was uncanny, approaching the anniversary of Tramp.
Sharon Van Etten (Instgram)
Created & Directed by Naomi Yang
Lighting Design by Susanne Sasic
Wardrobe by Gary Graham