Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky's Mannequin Love Song Video.
Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky have released a music video for “For the Sun”, the second track off their recent collaborative album, Droneflower. Released in April, the album is a sprawling and expansive exercise in contrast. This theme is evident in “For the Sun” through the combination of a menacing guitar ostinato underneath Nadler’s eerie, ethereal vocals. The music video extends this uneasy soundscape into the visual realm with artful stop motion by Deborah Sheedy, which features blooming roses alongside figurines of heads and a dressed-up mannequin doll. As the video progresses, the doll tries to fashion a head out of several different items. First, it is seen wearing a cylindrical crown. Next, it wears a rose. The doll then tries to make a heart out of pink clay to wear on its neck, which quickly melts when topped off with the crown. Finally, the doll picks a head figurine out of the bed of roses, equipped with two different faces. This trial and error experienced by the doll exemplifies the uncertainty in Nadler’s lyrics, “I wanna love you but I don’t know how.” She’s still the diva of the downer.