Love Is A Real, Delicate Process In Vagabon's 'Fear & Force' Film Vagabon captures what makes relationships with other people so scary and easily torn in a video shot on 35mm film.
YouTube

All Songs TV

Love Is A Real, Delicate Process In Vagabon's 'Fear & Force' Film

Lætitia Tamko, who performs as Vagabon, reminds me that intimacy, closeness, is perhaps the most expansive thing there is. "Fear & Force," a single from Tamko's debut album Infinite Worlds, is a heart-wrenching testament to that truth.

Directed by Zadie and shot on 35mm film, the video meanders through a day two people spend together. They take a drive. They take a walk in the woods and no one else is in sight. For a fleeting moment, they are the only two who exist. Then they are hurled back to reality and reminded how capable they are of hurting each other.

The short film, Tamko writes in an email to NPR, "aimed to highlight the blurred and murky lines between friendship and intimacy." The love it portrays is not interested in your labels; the world it creates is too expansive and realistic for that.

In "Women and Honor," the essayist and poet Adrienne Rich writes, "An honorable human relationship — that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word 'love' — is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other." With "Fear & Force" and its visual counterpart, Vagabon captures what makes these relationships so scary, so easily torn.

The final shots of the film are perhaps the most stunning. They occupy themselves with another, equally delicate and terrifying relationship: the one you have with yourself.

Infinite Worlds is out now via Father/Daughter.

[+] read more[-] less

More From All Songs TV

Andrew Bird Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

First Watch: Andrew Bird Is Bloodless

Andrew Bird sings, "it's an uncivil war bloodless for now / and the poets they explode like bombs." Watch Andrew Bird peer into our distracted culture precisely when it needs our attention.

JS Ondara's debut album Tales of America is out Feb. 1 on Verve Forecast. Josh Cheuse/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Josh Cheuse/Courtesy of the artist

The 'American Dream' Through The Kenyan Eyes Of J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara's "American Dream" video follows a delusional man on his journey to purchase a weapon.

Steve Hassett and Zoe Randell of Luluc Charlotte de Mezamat/Courtesy of the artistr hide caption

toggle caption Charlotte de Mezamat/Courtesy of the artistr

Luluc's 'Kids' Is An Ode To Restless Youth

The Australian duo's video and song, "Kids," is an anthem for teens trying to find their place in the world.

Rising Appalachia Chad Hess/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

toggle caption Chad Hess/Courtesy of the Artist

Rising Appalachia Write A 'Resilient' Anthem

The sister duo's song and dance-filled video is an uplifting and life-affirming ballad for challenging times.

Back To Top