I can’t stop listening to the song Elastic Heart by Sia. I probably listened to it twenty times today. I listened on the way to work, while at work, unsuccessfully trying not dance in the grocery store while shopping. I listened all.day.long. It isn’t just the song that I love, but I was captivated by the video. It stars our favorite child star Shia LaBeouf in all his glory (well, not ALL his glory, that was reserved for the second video) and some girl from Dance Stars or some reality show I’ve never watched.
For people who will get weirded out by the video-it is not a video about a young girl fighting with a man. You can find a behind the scenes where Sia (the singer) describes how the girl, Maddie, represents the inner child part and the battle with different aspects of yourself. They are more archetypes. Or at least, that is how I see it. Many have seen it as a struggle with addiction, struggle with self or even the struggle between fathers and daughters and growing up. But I’ve also heard it is a story of two werewolves and a power struggle…who knows.
Besides just showing you this video, the real purpose of this platform to say this. I don’t care what anyone says- I love Shia LaBeouf. He has the most expressive face. He can convey so much emotion from just his expression. I don’t care what he tweets that seems crazy or paper bag over a head. I will sit down and watch reruns of Even Stevens or Holes whenever I get a chance.
And if you’re like me and you want to see more Shia and his performance dance art, check out the second video, I think there is schlong in it. And it is a Sigur Ros song. I could write a whole other post about my love for Sigur Ros, but I won’t.
The video below is Shia performing the Sigur Ros song- it is way more weird. However weird, it is beautiful and clearly about the damaging and tragic repetitive cycles we live. I don’t care for the part with the candy and fish- I think the director was trying too hard at that point. But overall it is a heart breaking video. Trigger Warning- it shows abuse/partner violence. And this is one is NSFW, on account of showing shlong and naked lady.
A little off topic, but If you enjoyed the song, regardless of if you liked the video, you should check out the video for Varuo that was directed by Jeff Ray. This one is also a little heart breaking.