Gramatik Releases Music Video for “Brave Men” – With an Eerie Twist
After teasing the video production with photo previews on Facebook and Instagram, Gramatik drops his music video for “Brave Men” (Feat. Eskobars) off his 2014 album The Age of Reason (production by I Me Mine). The element of surprise in this production is classic Gramatik. Known for doing the unexpected, in set lists, set times, guest artists, genres, last minute appearances, etc., it comes as no surprise that this video packs a twisted yet badass turn reminiscent of Fight Club.
The video opens on a shot of dull suburbia. A man in his late 30s polishes a shotgun as he sits hawkishly peering out the window. The video cuts between shots of the man’s silhouette and of a woman in a dated, blue and white striped dress, building an eerie feeling, as if you’ve just walked into the middle of something you shouldn’t have…. And the first half of “Brave Men” fits perfectly with the track’s undulating and foreboding melody. An uncaged bird sits in the silhouette shot of the man, and following is a shot of the woman gazing at a caged pet bird, giving the sense of a master-servant dynamic between the two characters.
The man violently grabs for the woman’s arm as the black-and-blue mark on her cheek is revealed; the police enter their home shortly after to arrest him. Their neighbors watch the drama, shocked and horrified. The video cuts back to the woman and the bird — only this time, she feeds it and blows it a kiss. She lets her hair down, and something has changed abruptly – or the viewer has been mislead. Is she this trapped bird finally set free?
She drives into the night in a gleaming black car until she arrives at a farm, where a group of rowdy and intense women have formed a loud circle. Just as she arrives, the ever-crucial drop of this track hits, and the deep bass, intensity, and chaos swell and become increasingly thunderous. The woman channels her anger for her husband, envisions her opponent as him, and violently knocks her (him) out. The closing shot of her, bloodied, bruised, and smiling, throws the viewer off even more, but adds to the intensity of the stirring (and a little creepy) storyline. Is it a stand on fighting back against domestic abuse? Or is it a woman who’s just hiding illegal activity at the expense of her husband? Either way, you could call her brave. Perhaps the the fight club scene is a manifestation of her victory, of her husband finally being locked up, but it’s open for debate, and I think it was left that way very intentionally.
The video is understandably getting mixed reviews – some saying it’s not “Gramatik style,” while others on Facebook have said it’s “terribly amazing” and a “masterpiece.” What I love about Denis Jasarevic as a creative mind is that he doesn’t fit into a box. He doesn’t have a set style, other than that his style constantly changes; it’s innovative, interesting, and risky, much like this music video. We’re left wondering what the intended message is, but much like the track itself, which ends as precariously as it beings, the story never really settles. It’s inconclusive, a melody without a cadence. The song as well as the storyline send tingles down the spine, and whatever your interpretation, that sensation seems unavoidable.
Is it a masterpiece? Not a fan? Watch it above, and tell us what you think!